Johnson & Ward's Map of China, 1864
This hand colored map is a steel plate engraving dating to 1864 by the prolific American mapmaker Alvin J. Johnson in collaboration with publisher Benjamin Ward. This map of China is colored according to territorial divisions within the country. This map, typical of Johnson maps, includes many details about cities, towns, waterways, as well topographical detail. The Great Wall and the Grand Canal are represented on this map as well. At the time of this map’s publishing, The Taiping Rebellion, a massive civil war precipitated by a revolt against the Qing dynasty, came to an end after fourteen years of devastating conflict and warfare. This war is recorded as the bloodiest of wars that took place before WWII.
This exceptional map has original hand coloring in shades of pink and green, and yellow. The map also features a strapwork border which was typical of Johnson maps dating between 1863 and 1869. This particular map comes from Johnson’s New Illustrated Family Atlas.
Plate size: 15 ¼” x 12 ½”