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Rare pocket map of New York City, surrounded by 15 Vignettes of important early buildings from around New York City.

Includes a detailed index locating important streets and important places around the City.

This would appear to be the earliest edition of the map to include vignettes. We note a later edition of 1851, which included 14 vignettes, with several variations in the selection of vignettes.

The vignettes include: Trinity Church, City Hall, Broadway View near Astor House, Society Library, Wall Street Stock Exchange, St. Patrick's on Mott Street, Murray Hill Reservoir, Union Bank, Halls of Justice and several other early Churches.

The plan itself shows the developed parts of city shaded in, and 18 wards are indicated. Tables of the city's streets and various locales are keyed to the plan. Parts of Brooklyn, also divided into wards, are included.

The 1857 edition of the map (with only 14 vignettes) appeared in Martayan Lan Catalog 41, #43, priced at $3,500.

Condition Description
Minor foxing and minor fold breaks.
Haskell #775.
David Hugh Burr Biography

David H. Burr studied law, passing the New York Bar Exam, and then surveying under Simeon DeWitt in New York. His first atlas was an atlas of New York State (1829), the second state atlas to be issued in the US (after Mills’ Atlas of South Carolina in 1826). In the 1830s, he served as the official topographer for the US Post Office, producing a series of rare and highly sought-after large-format state maps. He also created a map of the country’s postal routes, which features roads, canals, and railroads. Burr traveled to London to work with John Arrowsmith; together, they produced the American Atlas in 1839.

Upon his return to the States, Burr was appointed as a draftsman for the House of Representatives, where he worked until ca. 1841. He later worked for the Louisiana Survey and the Florida Survey. By 1850, he was back in Washington D. C., working on the census. In 1852, the Senate named Burr as the draftsman to compile maps from the Federal Surveys. In 1853, Burr traveled to San Francisco, perhaps as part of his work for the Senate. He was then named as the Surveyor General of Utah in 1855. However, he was unpopular there and returned to Washington D. C. by 1870. Burr is widely regarded as one of the most important names in the nineteenth-century American history of cartography.