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1864 Johnson Map of Japan

Johnson's Japan, Nippon, Kiusiu, Sikok, Yesso and the Japanese Kuriles. - Main View

1864 Johnson Map of Japan


Early American map of Japan.



Johnson's Japan, Nippon, Kiusiu, Sikok, Yesso and the Japanese Kuriles.
  1864 (undated)     14 x 16.5 in (35.56 x 41.91 cm)     1 : 2200000


This is Johnson and Ward's 1864 map of Japan. Compiled by A. J. Johnson from the map of Siebold with additions from the surveys and reconnaissance of the U.S. Japan expedition, this map covers the Japanese Islands from Kiusiu north to Yesso (Hokkaido). An inset map in the upper right focuses on Hokkaido or Yesso and the Japanese Kuriles. Another inset in the lower right quadrant details the Bay of Nagasaki.

Japan at this time was passing through the declining years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Japan's centuries of relative isolation ended with Commodore Perry's historic opening of Japan in 1854. Japan's first embassy to the United Stated followed in 1860, culminating in the ratification of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, which would herald a rise in western, particularly American, influence on Japanese culture and politics.

Various towns, cities, rivers and several other topographical features are noted with relief shown by hachure. It features the fretwork style border common to Johnson’s atlas work from 1863 to 1869. Steel plate engraving prepared by A. J. Johnson for publication as plate no. 97 in the 1864 edition of his New Illustrated Atlas.  This is the first edition of the Johnson’s atlas to bear the Johnson and Ward imprint and the only edition to identify the firm as the 'Successors to Johnson and Browning (Successors to J. H. Colton and Company)'.


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