Complete set of Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas of the World, with text by Richard Swainson Fisher, M.D.
Folio, 130 pp., . Black leather spine and corners with title and embellishments in gilt, green cloth boards with detailed border stamped in blind and title in gilt. Solid text block, light even toning, faint foxing to frontispiece and tissue cover, a near fine example. Features a complete set of 105 maps and illustrative plates, with frontispiece and map of Prussia unnumbered. Small closed tear at bottom of Missouri and Kansas map. A touch of wear to corners of boards and spine. (Sabin 36182) (Phillips 4346)
Alvin Jewett Johnson (1827-1884) decided to begin publishing atlases in 1860. His primary competition consisted of two long-standing family businesses run by S. Augustus Mitchell and Joseph H. Colton. Although his atlases never reached the same levels of success as the other two publishers, Johnson’s atlases feature a wide range of information about the United States and the world, along with religious, geographic, cultural, and political data both in written and visual form.