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1864 Johnson Map of the World on Mercator Projection

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1864 Johnson Map of the World on Mercator Projection

WorldMercator-johnson-1864

The routes of Captains Cook and Wilkes are depicted and the site of Cook's death is noted.

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Johnson's Map of the World on Mercator's Projection.
  1864 (undated)     16.5 x 25 in (41.91 x 63.5 cm)     1 : 75000000

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This is an 1864 A. J. Johnson map of the world on Mercator's Projection. The map depicts the entire world with the Americas at the center. Africa is largely 'unexplored' and both Lake Victoria and Lake Tanganyika have yet to appear. The Antarctic continent is shown only embryonically, representing the relatively primitive state of Antarctic exploration in 1864. The routes taken by various important explorers, including Cook and Wilkes (U.S. exploring expedition), are noted. The map also identifies important shipping and nautical routes between America and Europe as well as the path of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable. As this map precedes the American acquisition of Alaska, it bears the label 'Russian Territory.'

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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