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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 Idaho Territory, which incorporates all of the future Wyoming and Montana Territories. Formed in March 1863, Idaho Territory remained in this configuration until May of 1864, when Montana Territory was created, making this configuration a rare and short lived occurrence.
Shows towns, railroads, explorer's routes, mountains, rivers, etc.
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.
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