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Stock# 68919
Description

Including Maps of the Republic of Texas and Oregon Territory

An important and elegantly colored American Atlas, published by Jeremiah Greenleaf in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Jeremiah Greenleaf's Universal Atlas is the continuation of the work of David Burr.  Burr had previously published his Atlas of the State of New York (first published in 1829) and his Universal Atlas in 1835.  Burr became the official topographer of the United States Post Office Department in 1832.  The publication of his Postal Atlas of the United States in 1839 likely resulted in his ceasing involvement and selling the rights to his Universal Atlas and New York Atlas in the same year.

Greenleaf continued and expanded the work.  The first edition of Greenleaf's work was issued in 1840.  The current atlas advertises that it is  "A new edition, revised and corrected to the present time."

The maps are elegantly engraved in copper and feature a fine wash color, a significant upgrade from the work of earlier publishers.  Several noteworthy maps of American Territories, etc. are added, including:

  • Texas (one of only a few separate atlas maps to show the Republic of Texas, along with Bradford, Tanner, and Arrowsmith)
  • Oregon Territory ( the only American atlas map to illustrate Oregon Territory in its earliest configuration)
  • Wisconsin and Iowa
  • Map of the Territory of Florida

An indispensable work for American atlas collectors.

Provenance: Warren Heckrotte Collection.  Purchased at PBA Galleries, March 2016.

Condition Description
Folio. Rebacked to style in ½ brown morocco over original brown cloth, with red straight-grain morocco tooled in gilt, lettered: "The Universal Atlas." 65 hand-colored engraved maps; engraved title and contents pages.