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Auction 132, Lot 738

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

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1883 (published)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 18.5 inches
38.1 x 47 cm

This is a nice example of a later edition of Johnson's atlas with re-engraved maps that feature lace-like borders. In addition to the normal complement of maps, this atlas contains several colorful thematic maps and charts by Arnold Guyot. With a very uncommon mountains and rivers plate that has the large double-page sheet vertically divided into five panels, each is titled "Chart of Comparative Heights of Mountains, and Lengths of Rivers", one for Africa, Asia, South America, North America, and Europe. 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 approximately 60 double-page and six single-page sheets and a frontispiece of the U.S. Capitol. Hardbound in original brown cloth with embossed gilt on cover and spine.


Condition: C+

The atlas was well cared for at some time in the past with new endpapers added, brown binding tape added at edge of cover & spine and numerous short edges tears in text pages and some maps repaired on verso with old tape. Spine is very worn with much of the surface missing. Boards bumped. Most maps are very nice less some with short tears as mentioned. Signatures tight.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,200


Closed on 6/2/2010