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Auction 125, Lot 920

"Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas of the World…", Johnson, A. J.

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1874 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 18 inches
38.1 x 45.7 cm

This is a less common later edition of Johnson's atlas with the newly engraved maps featuring lace-like borders. In addition to the normal complement of maps, this atlas contains several colorful thematic maps and charts by Arnold Guyot. It also contains the Civil War "Map of the Vicinity of Richmond and Peninsular Campaign in Virginia;" double-page plans of Boston, Philadelphia, and New York City; a nice double-page map of Texas; and the large "California, also Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona" map. Complete with all called-for maps and including two maps that are not listed: Philadelphia, and Kansas and Nebraska. In all there are 59 double-page and six single-page sheets and a frontispiece of the U.S. Capitol. Hardbound in original cloth with embossed gilt on cover and spine.


Condition: B

Maps are generally clean and bright with some separations on centerfolds and the occasional marginal tear. One half of the flags sheet is missing, and two maps have centerfold separations repaired: Texas and United States. The first few pages including the frontis and title page are chipped and loose. Covers separated and very worn.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/24/2008