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Auction 159, Lot 231

"Johnson's California, Also Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona", Johnson, A. J.

Subject: Southwestern United States

Period: 1864 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

23.6 x 16.8 inches
59.9 x 42.7 cm
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Johnson's series of maps of the American Southwest is one of the most interesting progressions in 19th century American cartography. The series was produced during a time of rapid westward expansion and changes in territorial boundaries. This edition includes the original four counties of Yavapai, Mohave, Yuma, and Pima in the newly organized Arizona Territory, with Prescott as the capital. The Utah/Nevada border is now at 114° and Arizona and Nevada have their final borders. Early historical details include the United States mail routes, the emigrant roads to California, and the proposed southern railroad route. Historical and statistical information on the verso.

According to Ira Lourie's Johnson Map Project, this map was published in 1872 and reflects the addition of Las Animas and Bent counties in southeastern Colorado. Lourie considers this edition "rare." Please visit his website for more information.


Condition: B

Minor soiling with light damp stains along the top border. Centerfold separations at top and bottom are confined to the blank margins and have been closed on verso with paper tape.

Estimate: $140 - $170

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/14/2016