MAP OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF NEW YORK. WITH THE ADJACENT COUNTRY.

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David Burr


Map of the City and County of New York. With the adjacent Country.

Copper plate engraving. 1832. (1840)
19 5/8 x 49 1/2"
Good condition save for creasing along centerfold and one short tear from right wing fold. Repaired. Original coloring with some modern enhancements.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 52081
Price: $6,250.00
Publisher : Published by Simeon DeWitt. Surveyor General.
A fine, large scale map of Manhattan. This map fist appeared in Burr’s “An Atlas of the State of New York” (1829-30), the second atlas of an individual state published. Shown on this map is the whole of Manhattan Island with Hudson River and New Jersey to the west. To the east is the East River, "Town of Brooklyn", "Town of Bushwick", and "Town of Newtown." The coast line of the Bronx is also shown but not named. David Burr, (1803-1875) Burr began he career a lawyer and later joined the New York State militia and quickly was appointed aide-de-camp to Governor Clinton. It is believed that Governor Clinton appointed him to head a road surveying party. This is likely where his interest in cartography began. He later became the topographer of the United States Post Office and official Geographer to the House of Representatives of the United States. At other times he was the official surveyor for Florida, Louisiana and later Surveyor General of Utah Territory. Walter Ristow describes Burr as “typical of the lusty, independent, and resourceful young men spawned in nineteenth century America.”"Third edition" published by Stone & Clark, Ithaca, N.Y. Maps

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