New York: J. Disturnell, 1833. Map. Hand-colored copper engraving. 11 1/2" x 9"
This rare map is an early edition of David H. Burr's important pocket map of New York City. It depicts the lower half of Manhattan, starting at 34th St, and parts of Brooklyn, all hand-colored to reflect the different neighborhoods. The map is labeled with the commissioner's grid, as well as ferry routes and pier numbers. Letters and numbers indicate public buildings, hotels, and churches in accordance with a key printed on the inside cover of the map's case. The map is in good condition and generally in tact, with browning throughout and concentrated at the folds, considerable creasing, and some small tears along original folds. David H. Burr (1803-1875) was a significant American cartographer and map publisher known best for his 1826 Atlas of the State of New York, one of the most important state atlases in history. His rigorous research and surveying won him accolades particularly later in life, when he was granted a number of civic offices in recognition of his high-quality work. This beautiful map is a fascinating piece of New York City history. (Haskell no. 765).