This hand-colored map is from David H. Burr’s A New Universal Atlas; comprising separate maps of all the principal empires, kingdoms & states throughout the world: and forming a distinct atlas of the United States … a new edition revised and corrected to the present time. The work was published in New York in 1836 by William Hall & Co. The maps from the work were engraved by Thomas Illman and Edward Pillbrow.
David H. Burr (1803-1875) was one of the greatest early American mapmakers. He was born in Connecticut and began his career leading road surveys in southern New York. In 1829, he was responsible for revising Simeon De Witt’s map of New York State from 1804. He also served as the topographer for the United States Post Office Department.
Provenance: Julia H. Alexander (pencilled signature) to original bookend.