Map The American atlas, exhibiting the post offices, post roads, rail roads, canals, and the physical & political divisions of the United States of North America

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Title

  • The American atlas, exhibiting the post offices, post roads, rail roads, canals, and the physical & political divisions of the United States of North America

Summary

  • "David H. Burr (1803-75) was a surveyor and cartographer, who served as topographer to the United States Post Office Department in 1832-38 and as geographer to the House of Representatives in 1838-47. Under the direction of the postmaster general, Burr compiled information from postmasters throughout the country about transportation routes--post roads, railroads, and canals--and the location of post offices to produce a large set of state and regional maps. Published in 1839 by the prominent London mapmaking firm of John Arrowsmith, Burr's The American Atlas offers a detailed picture of settlement and transportation patterns in the United States in the decades before the Civil War, a period of rapid growth and national consolidation. The atlas contains in all 13 maps, including an overview map of the United States and parts of adjacent Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean region, and 12 maps devoted to particular states and territories." World Digital Library.

Contributor Names

  • Burr, David H., 1803-1875.
  • Arrowsmith, John, 1790-1873.

Created / Published

  • [London?] : John Arrowsmith, [1839]

Contents

  • United States & part of the adjacent countries -- Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Connecticut -- New York -- New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- Virginia, Maryland and Delaware -- North & South Carolina -- Georgia and Alabama -- Florida -- Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas -- Ohio and Indiana -- Kentucky and Tennessee -- Illinois and Missouri -- Michigan and part of Wisconsin Territory.

Subject Headings

  • -  Post roads--United States--Maps
  • -  Postal service--United States--Maps
  • -  Railroads--United States--Maps
  • -  United States--Maps
  • -  United States

Genre

  • Atlases
  • Road maps

Notes

  • -  "Entered according to the act of Congress, July 10th 1839, by David H. Burr, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Columbia."
  • -  Advertisement (28 x 21 cm.) regarding sales and ordering pasted on inside of portfolio.
  • -  Includes notes.
  • -  Relief shown by hachures.
  • -  Title from title sheet.
  • -  Map of Georgia & Alabama LC Railroad maps, 200
  • -  Map of Kentucky & Tennessee LC Railroad maps, 224
  • -  Map of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut LC Railroad maps, 98
  • -  Map of Mississippi, Louisiana & Arkansas LC Railroad maps, 134
  • -  Map of New Jersey and Pennsylvania LC Railroad maps, 255
  • -  Map of New York LC Railroad maps, 259
  • -  Map of North and South Carolina LC Railroad maps, 273
  • -  Map of the United States of North America LC Railroad maps, 6
  • -  Map of Virginia, Maryland and Delaware LC Railroad maps, 70
  • -  Phillips, 4525
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as a raster image.
  • -  Map of the United States of North America Exhibited: Rivers, edens, empires: Lewis & Clark and the revealing of America, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., July 24-November 29, 2003.

Medium

  • 1 loose-leaf atlas (13 maps) : hand col., mounted on cloth ; maps 130 x 130 cm. or smaller, folded in case 50 x 33 x 7 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • G1200 .B9 1839

Repository

  • Library of Congress Geography and Map Division Washington, D.C. 20540-4650 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2009582191

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Burr, David H, and John Arrowsmith. The American atlas, exhibiting the post offices, post roads, rail roads, canals, and the physical & political divisions of the United States of North America. [London?: John Arrowsmith, 1839] Map. https://www.loc.gov/item/2009582191/.

APA citation style:

Burr, D. H. & Arrowsmith, J. (1839) The American atlas, exhibiting the post offices, post roads, rail roads, canals, and the physical & political divisions of the United States of North America. [London?: John Arrowsmith] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2009582191/.

MLA citation style:

Burr, David H, and John Arrowsmith. The American atlas, exhibiting the post offices, post roads, rail roads, canals, and the physical & political divisions of the United States of North America. [London?: John Arrowsmith, 1839] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2009582191/>.