ALVIN JEWETT JOHNSON
Map of the World Meteorology & Cultivation
Compiled, Drawn and Engraved under the supervision of J. H. Colton and A. J. Johnson. Despite being advertised at steel engravings, the maps in the 1860 version of Johnson's Family Atlas were in fact hand colored stone lithographs. Map of the World, Illustrating the Principal Features of Meteorology. Map of the World Showing the Distribution and Limits of Cultivation of the Principal Plants.
Lithograph, Hand Colored
Sheet Size 17.8 x 13.8 inches
Publisher: Johnson and Browning, Richmond
Good condition with age toning, chipping or loss to edge, staining to image area, splits or tears repaired with archival tape.
Region: World Map
Alvin Jewett Johnson (1827-1884). Starting out at a door to door salesman for book subscriptions, he turned his attention to publishing maps, atlases and books early in his life. Moving to New York City in 1857, he began to support J.H. Colton in the publishing of his atlases. Eventually, Johnson began to publish his own Atlases, becoming a competator to Colton and S. Augustus Mitchell.
From Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas, 1860. From Johnson's New Illustrated Family Atlas, 1860. Published from 1860 to 1887, these atlases are fascinating because they document the growth of the United States, showing the development of new states and the expansion of railroad lines.