Lower Canada and New Brunswick and Upper Canada

A.J. Johnson and Browning

Published by New York, 1862
Condition: Good No Binding
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Alvin Jewett (A.J.) Johnson (1827-1884) was a prolific American map publisher active from 1856 to the mid 1880s. Johnson was born into a poor family in Wallingford, Vermont where he received only a based public education, and it was not until 1860 that the Johnson firm published its first significant work: Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas in 1868. It is well known that the first Johnson maps were mainly reissued J.H. Colton maps, with whom he had made an unknown deal to publish these maps. From the beginning, Johnson described his firm as the “Successors to J. H. Colton and Company”. Johnson’s business strategy involved transferring the original Colton steel plate engravings to cheaper lithographic stones, allowing his firm to manufacture and publish their maps with less cost and more efficiency. Although there are numerous atlas’ published prior, the 1866 Family Atlas is the first purely “Johnson” atlas with all new map plates, updated imprints, and copyrights. Johnson continued to publish the Family Atlas until 1870. Johnson maps from the Family Atlas are notable for their unique borders, of which there are three different designs, the “strapwork borer” from 1860 to 1863, the “fretwork border” from 1863 to 1869 and the “spirograph border” in 1870. In addition to the Family Atlas Johnson issued numerous wall maps, pocket maps, and in the 1880s the Cyclopedia. Johnson maps are known for their size, accuracy, detail, and stunning, vivid hand coloring. This hand colored lithographic map, 26" x 17.75", is in good condition with light staining and foxing throughout and evidence of previous repair to the central crease. Detailed on this map are the different territories and cities divided through the use of varying colors. Small insets show the Vicinity of Montreal in Lower Canada, and the Vicinity of Welland Canal and Wolf Island in Upper Canada. Arader Galleries is happy to reduce the price of this map to $1 if client uses our excellent framing services. Bookseller Inventory # kclo10e

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Title: Lower Canada and New Brunswick and Upper ...

Publisher: New York

Publication Date: 1862

Binding: No Binding

Book Condition:Good

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