Benjamin P Ward

Benjamin P Ward

Benjamin P. Ward was an American publisher. He was best known for his partnership with A. J. Johnson. In 1860, the Johnson firm published its first significant work, the Johnson’s New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas. The first edition of the Atlas bears imprints in both New York and Richmond, VA. In 1861, however, following the outbreak of the American Civil War, the Johnson & Browning firm abandoned their Richmond location. Browning seems to have remained in Virginia to pursue other ventures and, in 1861, Browning’s portion of the firm was purchased by Ward. The 1863 issue of the Atlas was one of the most unusual, it being a compilation of older Johnson and Browning maps, updated 1862 Johnson and Ward maps, and newer 1863 maps with a revised border design. The 1864 issue of the Atlas is the first true Johnson and Ward atlas. Johnson published one more edition in partnership with Ward in 1865, after which Johnson becomes the sole publisher.


1862 - Johnson's Africa

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Attractive map of Africa with large vignettes of Cape Town and Port Natal and insets of St. Helena Island. Colored by countries and colonies and showing towns, mountains, ports, islands, explorers routes and similar details. Decorative border.


1865 - Johnson's New Chart of National Emblems

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Decorative chart of all flags and pennants of the various nations, along with signal maps and other novelties. Highly decorative and colorful with decorative border. Includes a number of mid-19th century novelties, including the American Jack,...


1864 - Johnson's Western Hemisphere & Johnson's Eastern Hemisphere

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Large and detailed double hemisphere map of the World, in nice wash colors. Shows early (but still quite limited) knowledge of the Antarctic Coastline and the NW Passage. From one of the major American map publishers, during the second half of the...


1863 - Johnson's New York

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Nice detailed map of the State of New York, colored by counties and showing excellent regional details. Large inset maps of Albany, Troy, New York, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Oswego. Decorative border. From an early edition of Johnson's Family...


1862 - Johnson's Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland

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Highly detailed regional map, hand colored by counties, with 3 large vignettes.


1864 - Johnson's Delaware and Maryland [Inset map of Washington DC]

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Detailed map of Maryland and Delaware, hand colored by counties. Includes vignettes of the Post Office, Treasury Building, Patent Office, Harpers Ferry and the Capitol. The map shows towns, railroads, roads, post offices, rivers and a host of other...


1865 - Johnson's Georgetown and The City of Washington The Capital of the United States of America

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Decorative map of Washington DC and Georgetown, with excellent detail and insets of several area monuments. One of the most decorative maps of Washington DC during the Civil War to appear in a commercial atlas.


1862 - Johnson's Florida

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Fine early map of Florida, hand colored by county, with a large inset of the Florida Keys. Shows towns, railroads, villages, post offices, forts, swamps, Only 5 counties shown in the southern part of Florida, including Dade, Monroe, Brevard, Manatee...


1861 - Johnson's Georgia and Alabama

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Detailed map of Georgia and Alabama, hand colored by counties, from one of the leading American map makers of the Civil War Period.


1862 - Johnson's New Map of the State of Texas

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A striking large format map of Texas, colored by counties, with large insets of the northern panhandle, Galveston and Sabine Lake. The map reflects the relative expansion of the Counties of Texas, with more or less the current configurations in the...


1863 - Johnson's New Map of the State of Texas

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A striking large format map of Texas, published by Johnson & Ward. The map is colored by counties, with large insets of the northern panhandle, Galveston and Sabine Lake. The map reflects the relative expansion of the Counties of Texas, with more...


1862 - Johnson's Minnesota and Dakota

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Detailed map of Minnesota and Dakota Territory, colored by county, with only two counties in Dakota and 4 large counties in northern Minnesota. Many Indian Tribal names and notes. Minneapolis is named.


1862 - Johnson's Nebraska, Dakota, Colorado & Kansas

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Massive Dakota Territory -- Pre-dating Wyoming and Montana. This is the third map in the series of Johnson's maps of this region and the first to include Colorado. Kansas gives way to Colorado, Nebraska is truncated by Dakota, but still extends to...


1863 - Johnson's Missouri and Kansas

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Decorative map of Missouri and Kansas, colored by counties, published by Johnson & Ward. Includes large decorative vignettes of a fire on the prairie with horse mounted Indians, the Santa Fe Trail and spear fishing Indians. Shows towns, counties,...


1864 - Johnson's Nebraska, Dakota, Colorado Idaho & Kansas (First Appearance of Idaho Territory / Including The Future Montana & Wyoming Territories!)

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The Earliest Appearance of Idaho Territory--Including The Future Montana & Wyoming Territories Third in series of Johnson maps showing evolution of the mapping of these western territories. The most notable feature of the map is the massive...


1862 - Johnson's Washington & Oregon

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Scarce early edition of Johnson's Washington & Oregon. The map is colored by counties. Washington wraps around Oregon to the east of the Oregon State line, including the yet to be formed Idaho Territory. Includes many Indian tribes, forts, roads...