Johnsons Nebraska, Dakota, Colorado, Idaho and Kansas’
Near the forefront of the atlas publication industry for a quarter century was mapmaker and aggressive marketer Alvin Jewitt Johnson. Around 1860, in a transaction that remains somewhat mysterious, Johnson acquired a set of detailed plates from J.H.Colton, one of the foremost mapmakers of the century, and used them to print the Johnson atlas that was to find its way into homes across the country. Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas was first published in 1860, and today these maps have become prized collectibles and true works of cartographic art. The attention to detail and fine hand coloring of these maps make them some of the best collectibles maps from the 19th century. Fantastic map showing states and territories of the Great Plaines. This map shows Idaho, Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, dated 1863. Note that Dakota is unsplit into north and south, and Idaho Territory occupies what is present day Wyoming and Montana. Map details western forts, cities and towns, lakes and rivers, wagon trails, railroads and proposed railroads, and Capt. Gunnison’s exploration route.
Condition: Very Good
Map Maker: Johnson and Ward
Coloring: Original Hand Coloring