Auction 119, Lot 905

"Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas of the World…", Johnson & Ward

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1862 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 18.5 inches
38.1 x 47 cm

This is the "late 1862" edition of this desirable atlas, and is highlighted by the short-lived New Military Map of the United States. And California, Territories of New Mexico and Utah where Arrizona shows up in the southern part of New Mexico Territory. This is thought to represent the Confederate Territory of Arizona that existed for nearly a year from August 1861 until July of 1862. The Confederate General Baylor appointed himself the territorial governor and claimed all of New Mexico Territory south of the 34th parallel. In the southern part of Arizona is the "Gadsden Ten Million Purchase of Mexico." The Utah/Nevada border follows the 116th meridian. Filled with historical notes and two interesting notations. One note in the area of Quartzite, Arizona refers to the area as being "exceedingly fertile and abundantly timbered and well watered." Details the U.S. Mail routes, the Emigrant road to California, the proposed railroad route through Utah, Nevada and California, and the Pony Express trail. Also featured in this atlas are Georgetown and the City of Washington; New Map of the State of Texas and a beautifully engraved frontispiece. This atlas contains 64 maps and engravings including several thematic maps and diagrams interspersed throughout the text. Folio. Complete. Rebound in quarter leather and black cloth over original boards, modern marbled paper. The original embossed front cover title remains, and is laid onto the new cover. New decorative endpapers.


Condition: A

Some damp staining edges and occasional scattered foxing, principally in margins. California map has a 3/4" spot over eastern New Mexico. Covers are very good with only minor scuffing.

Estimate: $2,200 - $2,400

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 5/9/2007