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58. [MAP]. JOHNSON, A[lvin] J[ewett]. Johnson's New Railroad and Township Copper Plate Map of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota & Nebraska From The Latest and Best Authorities. 1858 A. J. Johnson, Ill., Broadway, New York. P. Wyckoff, Chicago Illinois. Publishers. [lower left below border] Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1858 by A. J. Johnson in the Clerks Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York. New York, 1858. Lithograph transfer from copper plate engraving on wove paper, original full, bright hand color, bold rose outlining, and elaborate floral border. Border to border: 67.5 x 78.6 cm. Folded into pocket covers (15 x 10 cm), original purple cloth (faded to brown), Johnson’s Copper Plate Map of Wisconsin, Iowa Minnesota &c. lettered in gilt on upper cover, both covers blind embossed, printed leaf affixed to verso of front board: Johnson’s Maps, Engraved Either on Copper or Steel, Are the Cheapest and Best (wherein this map is listed for sale for fifty cents). Map has a few minor splits at a few folds (no losses), right blank margin with a few minor splits (not into image area), otherwise fine with strong color and few contemporary pencil notations (mostly in Minnesota). Covers have old paper label on spine, a few small ink stains on upper cover, spine faded. Overall fine in condition and appearance.

     Streeter Sale 3906 (with separate Blanchard broadside attached). This large-scale map which issued at a time of rapid growth and development of the Midwest shows Wisconsin and Iowa in their entirety, the eastern parts of the named Midwestern states along with the eastern portions of South Dakota. The map shows significant physical features, such as rivers, streams, and lakes; has many township ranges numbered and platted; shows hundreds of small towns; and depicts most of the major roads and railroads. The westward thrust of expansion is fairly clear in western Minnesota, which is still so sparsely populated that it is divided into just a few very large counties in which there are very few settlements.

     According to publisher’s ad on inside cover, the map was available as a wall map, sheet map, and, as here, in pocket format. Publisher Alvin Jewett Johnson opened his own publishing company in New York City in 1856, and during his publishing career was associated with many other publishers of the time, especially J. H. Colton, on whose maps his famous Family Atlas was initially based. The firm was continued after Johnson’s death in 1884 by his son. ($600-1,200)

Sold. Hammer: $1,900.00; Price Realized: $2,232.50

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