New York: 1829. Rawdon Clark & Co. unbound. Map. Copper plate engraving with original hand outline color. Map attached to red leather binding as issued, title stamped in gold. Image measures 12 1/2 x 15"
This rare fold-out pocket map depicts Wayne County in northwest New York on Lake Ontario, divided into 15 towns outlined in vivid color. The map denotes major routes, waterways, and topographical details. Icons label villages, flouring mills, factories, forges, saw mills, and churches. The map was published in 1829 during the Second Great Awakening, which brought attention to this region of the state as a major site of religious revival. In particular, the village and town of Palmyra, which appear on the map, served as an important site of discovery for Joseph Smith, later the founder of the Mormon Church. The map is in excellent condition with no tears of any kind. Some scattered staining, especially along original folds. It is attached to its original leather cover, and the watermark of the paper is visible. David H. Burr (1803-1875) served as Topographer to the United States Post Office and Geographer to the House of Representatives and was widely known for his accuracy and attention to detail. Burr was one of the first cartographers to map each of the United States individually. Issued separately rather than included in his seminal "Universal Atlas," this pocket map is a scarce version of Burr's celebrated work.