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Cover: American atlas. Burr, David H., 1803-1875, 1839

Cover: American atlas. / Burr, David H., 1803-1875 / 1839
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Full Title: (Covers to) (The American Atlas).

Author: Burr, David H., 1803-1875

Date: 1839

This historical cartographic image is part of the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, www.davidrumsey.com, a large collection of online antique, rare, old, and historical maps, atlases, globes, charts, and other cartographic items. Read more about the Collection. Or you can view the entire David Rumsey Map Collection in Insight.

Full David Rumsey Map Collection Catalog Record:

Author: Burr, David H., 1803-1875

Date: 1839

Short Title: Cover: American atlas.

Publisher: London: John Arrowsmith

Type: Covers

Object Height cm: 48

Object Width cm: 33

Country: United States

Subject: Postal

Full Title: (Covers to) (The American Atlas).

List No: 0104A

Series No: 1

Published In: (The American Atlas).

Publication Author: Burr, David H., 1803-1875

Publication Date: 1839

Publication Reference: Phillips 4525,1379a note; Streeter 3859; Wheat 441; Sabin 9438 (with lithographic views).

Publication Note: 13 separate sheets dissected & mounted on linen. 12 of the maps are of the states, all on the same scale of 10 miles to 1 inch, with the 13th map of the entire United States from coast to coast, a map that Wheat called "in every respect a towering example especially in the Far West, and it is strange that it should be so rare!" Wheat notes that Burr used Jedediah Smith's original map as a source and was "the nearest thing to Jedediah Smith's map that had been published" at that time. The likely date of this copy is 1842 based on the Maine boundary, the additional counties colored in in Michigan, and the general progression of the railroads; however, there have been no changes in the plate since 1839, only changes in the coloring of counties, railroads and boundary lines to indicate a later date. The 1846 boundary of Oregon and Canada is almost certainly a later addition, because the ink is a darker red than the other reds on the map. This set was published as a stack of 13 mounted and folded sheets, without a title page or binding. The U.S. map places the Owyhee River on the Malheur River - is this a misreading of the Smith material, or a correct reading of Smith's mistake because Fremont had correctly identified both rivers. Most of the examples are dissected in quarters; these are dissected in eighths. This "atlas" is one of the great rarities of American 19th century cartography, with complete sets being almost impossible to find. John Arrowsmith engraved the plates in London, an unusual collaboration at this late a date between an American cartographer and a London engraver. The 13 sheets are folded and nestled into a modern beige canvas covered box 53x37 which opens like a book, with title on the spine reading "The American Atlas. David H. Burr. 1839." Maps have full hand painted color.

Publication List No: 0104.000

Publication Type: National Atlas

Publication Maps: 13

Publication Height cm: 48

Publication Width cm: 33

Image No: 0104A

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