A rare first edition 1907 pocket map of the Philippines issued by the Manila-based German-American publishers Kemlein and Johnson. The map covers all of the Philippine Islands with provided defined by color coding. Extant railways, as well as projected railroads and those under construction are noted.
The map was engraved and printed by R. Montes Magallanes in Manila. There are copyright entries for the map both in the United States and the Philippines. The U.S. Copyright was filed on August 26, 1907 by George L. Johnson.
This map is rare with no known holdings of the 1907 first edition, as seen here. A second edition appears to have been issued in 1915 and is slightly more common, with holdings at 2 institutions.
Kemlein and Johnson (fl. c. 1906 - c. 1928) were a German-American bookstore and publisher active in Manila during the first half of the 19th century. The firm was founded by George L. Johnson (1879 - November 17, 1945) and H. Kemlein and located at 64-66, Escolta, Manlia.. It is likely that both individuals were American soldiers who remained in the Philippines following the American takeover in 1899. Johnson may have been a prisoner of war during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during World War II. In addition to selling books in German and English, the bookstore also issued postcards and maps of Manila and the Philippines, as well as a Philippines guidebook. More by this mapmaker...
Good. Creasing and wear and verso reinforcement on original fold lines. Some damage in upper left quadrant where originally attached to binder. Removed from Binder and backed on archival tissue for stability.