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1864 Johnson Map of the World on Hemisphere Projection

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Johnson's Western Hemisphere. / Johnson's Eastern Hemisphere. - Main View
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1864 Johnson Map of the World on Hemisphere Projection

WesternEasternHemisphere-johnson-1864

Depicts Lake Uniam├ęsi, an early interpretation of Africa's Great Lakes.

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Johnson's Western Hemisphere. / Johnson's Eastern Hemisphere.
  1864 (undated)     16 x 26.5 in (40.64 x 67.31 cm)     1 : 60000000

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This is an 1864 A. J. Johnson map of the world on a hemispherical projection. The map depicts all seven continents and offers a fascinating snapshot of the world during a period of rapid globalization and discovery. Africa is largely 'unexplored,' though Lake Uniam├ęsi or the Uniamesi Sea, something that may be taken for an embryonic form of Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika or both, does appear. This curious lake, supposedly identified by Speak, was frequently written of in mid-century missionary reports as the source of several important African river systems including the Congo. The Antarctic continent is shown only sketchily, representing the relatively primitive state of Antarctic exploration in 1864. As this map precedes the purchase of Alaska by the United States, Alaska is labeled simply as 'Russian Possessions.' Darfur, which has been a focus of international attention in recent years due to the bloody war and horrific genocide, also is noted.

This map was published in the 1864 edition of Johnson's New Illustrated (Steel Plate) Family Atlas. It features the fretwork style border common to Johnson's atlas work from 1863 to 1869. 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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