The Old Print Shop

City of New York.

  • ARTIST: David Burr

  • PUBLISHER: Published by David Burr, re-published by W. P. Stone, Ithaca, N.Y. 1838.

  • MEDIUM: Engraving,

    DATE: 1832, (1838).

  • EDITION SIZE: Roller map with original rods. Map, 17 1/4 x 13 3/8" (44/5 x 33.9 cm); Overall, 21 x 19 3/4" (53.3 x 50.1 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: An unusual separately issued map of New York City..<br><br> The city is shown as far up as 34th street on the eastside and 21st street on the Westside. Identified are larger buildings such as hotels, hospitals, churches, government offices and markets. On the rivers, many wharves are identified, and the various ferries to New Jersey, Williamsburg and Brooklyn are illustrated. Each ward is separately colored. Burr is best known for his “Atlas of the State of New York”, the second atlas of an individual state ever published. He also issued number of large scale separately issued maps for use by the Post Office as well as offerings to the public. This map is one of the latter. It is mounted on linen, varnished, and with wooden rods attached along the upper and lower edges.<br><br> David H. Burr, 1803-1875. Burr began his career a lawyer. He joined the New York State militia and quickly was appointed aide-de-camp to Governor Clinton. It is believed the 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.”


  • CONDITION: Overall in good condition. There is toning, some splitting along the edges and creasing throughout.  Normal issues for a varnished wall map. 


  • CATEGORIES: Maps , Pocket map