Auction 136, Lot 798

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

Subject: Atlases

Period: 1863 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 18.7 inches
38.1 x 47.5 cm

This complete atlas contains 66 (34 double-page) beautifully rendered, steel engraved maps. There are several thematic maps and diagrams interspersed throughout the text that display the geology, weather, tides, agriculture and animal kingdoms of the world. This 1863 edition is the last year with steel engraved plates, many of the maps feature vignettes, and some retain the early strap work style borders. It also has the desirable edition of the New Military Map of the United States which shows all state and territory boundaries rather than the limits of military divisions. And it features the un-numbered double-page Civil War map Vicinity of Richmond.

The Southwest map is the late 1863 - early 1864 edition in this series of maps. Arizona still claims the Southern tip of Nevada and has the county configurations of the old New Mexico Territory, with the addition of Castle Dome and Ewell counties in the south. The Utah/Nevada border is now at 115°. This is a completely new plate with extensive revisions in the watershed and mountain detail and several of the earlier notations removed. But it retains the note in the area of Quartzite, Arizona calling the area "exceedingly fertile and abundantly timbered and well watered." The map details the U.S. Mail routes, the Emigrant roads to California, the proposed railroad route through Utah, Nevada and California, and the Pony Express trail. The double-page map of Texas shows county development mostly in eastern Texas and only the three large counties of El Paso, Presidio and Bexar in the west. The panhandle, noted as the Staked Plains (Elevated Table Land, without Wood or Water), includes a large section that is unorganized. There is nice depiction of the wagon roads, many named, with several completed railroads. The inset maps include a 'Plan of Sabine Lake,' 'Plan of the Northern part of Texas,' and 'Plan of Galveston Bay.' The map of the Northwest shows the newly created territory of Idaho. The map of Minnesota shows the newly created region of Dakota with an undefined western boundary.

Folio. Hardbound in original half leather and green cloth, embossed covers with gilt titles on cover and spine, marbled end papers.


Condition: B+

Maps with full original color and crisp impressions. The majority of maps are very good. A few of the double-page maps have clean centerfold splits entering map. The map of Pennsylvania is loose, toned and edges are rough. Arkansas has one marginal tear into border. Ohio & Indiana map is perished. Asia has a 1" food stain. Palestine has a 3" tear from bottom into map. Binding is nice with just a little shelf wear mostly along lower edge and the bottom 1" of the spine. Overall a nice example.

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 6/1/2011