For many collectors, the progressively mundane character of later 19th century maps is no match for the seductive combination of artistry and expansion of geographic knowledge associated with colonial era maps. It’s no wonder that cartobibliographers have focused on the earlier maps. In Part 1, we discussed the excellent references available for identifying pre-19th century maps of North Carolina, and the dearth of references for maps published after 1800. Let’s take a look at one very helpful on line guide for a subset of 19th century atlas maps.
Alvin J. Johnson published a series of atlases from 1854-1887, under the names A.J. Johnson, Johnson and Browning and Johnson and Ward. Dr. Ira Lourie has created a data set of the changes in Johnson’s U.S. and state maps which will allow the user of his website to definitively date the publication of any loose map from Johnson’s atlases. This tremendous resource can be found at The Johnson Map Project web site. Dr. Lourie’s data for the Johnson map of North & South Carolina can be viewed on two pages:
A similar database for the numerous variants of “A New Map of Nth Carolina…” (1833-c1862) is on my wish list. What’s on yours?