BURR, DAVID An Atlas of the State of New York containing a Map of the State and of the Several Counties
. New York: by David Burr, 1829. First edition. Contemporary marbled boards, rebacked in modern leather. 21 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (55.2 x 45.5 cm); with half-title, engraved vignette to title, 29 pp. text, and 52 hand-colored single- and double-page maps interleaved with text including the large folding maps of Manhattan and Suffolk County, each map dated 1829. Large signature of "Thomas Howell 1849" on half-title, this signature again on the pastedown and repeated on the upper cover and on labels affixed to both covers, some offset from these signatures to blanks, small modern booklabel to pastedown, corners and boards rubbed, the maps neatly numbered in ink in an early hand on the verso or in upper corners, the Manhattan map with some old strengthening to folds and a small repaired tear, some usual offsetting, short repaired tear to the margin of the Albany map, a few maps foxed in the margins, occasional spots, thumbsoiling and small stains but a clean and bright copy overall.
A very fresh copy of the first state atlas of New York and the second state atlas produced in the United States. David Burr, while trained as a lawyer, was in charge of one of the teams that undertook this state survey by order of Governor DeWitt Clinton in order to promote the building of roads from down-state to the recently opened Erie Canal. The county maps are quite detailed and accurate and the atlas has always been praised for the map of the State, the very large folding map of New York City, and the fine map of Suffolk County. Howes B1017; Sabin 19873; Phillips Atlases 2206.
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