Alvin Jewett Johnson

Alvin Jewett Johnson

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,...


1861 - Johnson's Map of the World on Mercator's Projection . . .

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Detailed map of the world, hand colored by counties and showing a number of major explorers and shipping routes throughout the world. Still an incomplete knowledge of the Antarctic. A wonderful decorative map.


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...


1862 - Johnson's New Military Map of the United States Forts, Military Posts & all the Military Divisions with Enlarged Plans of the Southern Harbors . . .

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Nice example of Johnson's Military map, , with 9 insets of Baltimore, Washington DC, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah River, Key West, Pensacola, Mobile Bay and New Orleans. Includes a massive Dakota Territory includes all of Montana and Wyoming....


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...


1863 - Johnson's Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana

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Highly detailed map of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas, published by Johnson & Ward. The map is hand colored by counties and parishes and showing the extent of the state surveys to date. Includes towns, railroads, forts, post offices, roads,...


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.


1865 - Johnson's Map of the Vicinity of Richmond, Peninsular Campaign in Virginia. Showing also the interesting localities along the James, Chickahominy and York Rivers. . .

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Johnson's map of the Vicinity of Richmond, colored by counties. Includes the line of advance and retreat of the Union Army, several battles and other details. Shows towns, roads, rivers, lakes, bays, islands, soundings, railroads, court houses and...


1861 - Johnson's North and South Carolina

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Attractive map of the Carolinas, published by Johnson & Browning. The map is colored by counties and showing towns, railroads, lakes, rivers, forts, swamps, islands, etc. Large inset plan of Charleston and Fort Sumter and large vignettes of Table...


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...