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Auction 130, Lot 114

"Johnson's North America", Johnson and Ward

Subject: North America

Period: 1861 (circa)

Publication: Illustrated Family Atlas

Color: Hand Color

16.8 x 22 inches
42.7 x 55.9 cm
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This Civil War-period map is one of Johnson's first and is the more desirable issue as it shows the United States with some of the most interesting territorial borders. Foremost is the Confederate Territory of Arizona to the south of New Mexico Territory. Between August 1861 and July 1862, the Confederate General Baylor appointed himself the territorial governor and claimed all of New Mexico Territory south of the 34th Parallel for the Confederacy. Washington is in its rare inverted "L" configuration and the newly created Nevada appears west of Utah Territory which has Fillmore as its capital. Colorado has not yet formed and its gold discoveries are not noted. However Colorado City and Pike's Peak are located, a likely reference to the Pike's Peak gold discoveries of 1859. Depicts railroads, completed and proposed, the U.S. Mail routes, but this edition does not yet show the route of the Pony Express. Also shows the locations of the major Indian tribes. A great example of the tremendous change in political boundaries taking place during the early years of the Civil War in the United States.


Condition: B+

A nice example on supple paper but with six spots in the map. A short centerfold split at right and some light backstrap paste staining along centerfold.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 12/2/2009