Johnson's map of Japan
By COLTON, Joseph Hutchins , 1864

Johnson's Japan Nippon, Kiusiu, Sikok, Yesso and the Japanese Kuriles. (N°98).

Asia Japan
  • Author: COLTON, Joseph Hutchins
  • Publication place: New York
  • Publisher: A. J. Johnson
  • Publication date: 1864
  • Physical description: Hand-coloured engraved map, inset map of Yesso and the Japanese Kuriles, and Nagasaki, text to verso.
  • Dimensions: 355 by 460mm (14 by 18 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 15851


Johnson’s map of Japan published in ‘Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas’.

First published by Joseph Hutchins Colton in 1856 in ‘Colton’s Atlas of the World’, the present map bears the imprint and name in the title of Alvin Jewett Johnson. It would appear that the cash-strapped Colton, in 1859, franchised his cartographic plates to Johnson, and his partner Ross C. Browning in return for some degree of financial support. The plates were later transfer to lithographic plates, by Johnson, in order to dramatically increase production.