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The First Official Map of New York State with a large Inset Map of Manhattan.

Fine case map edition of David Burr's wall map of New York with a large inset Plan of New York City, published in 1834.

Burr's map was essentially the first official state map of New York, having been based primarily upon surveys authorized by the legislature, The first edition of the map noted that it was "Published by [order of ] Simeon de Witt Surveyor General [of the State of New York] Pursuant to an act of the Legislature." A second edition appeared in 1834.

Burr's map was the most accurate and detailed of New York for the period. The inset maps include a large map of Manhattan (29" x 10¾"), with smaller maps of Syracuse, Hudson, Oswego, Poughkeepsie, Ithaca, Utica, Rochester, Schenectady, Lockport, Auburn, Buffalo, Albany, and Troy.


While the map appears occasionally on the market in wall map format, it is very rare in this dissected case map format, which provides for an exceptional preservation of the original color.

The present example (purchased in December 2017) was the third example offered for sale in the past 30 years at auction. The two prior examples were Swann Galleries December 8, 2005 ($14,950) and Swann Galleries 1997 ($6,440).

Condition Description
Superb original hand-color; minor spotting and offsetting. Engraved case map dissected into 24 sections and laid on original linen. Preserved loose in its original 4to format morocco backed marbled paper covered board portfolio case with gilt stamped red morocco lettering piece on upper cover, a little worn with backstrip slightly defective.