North American continent "New Columbia named 1867 Johnson large uncommon mapBrian DiMambro- Antiquarian Books, Maps & Prints
(North America, Canada, Mexico, New Columbia, Washington, Vancouver Island, Indian Territory, Yucatan, Guatemala, Vera Cruz, Hawaii).
Issued c.1867, New York, by A.J. Johnson
Fine and uncommon version of this large format mid-19th century map. Engraved & lithographed with original hand color.
Large inset lower left of Hawaiian Group of Sandwich Islands. Of note for the strong emphasis upon specific forts dotted across the entire western portion of the country- dozens are named. "New Columbia" named above British Columbia, a cartographic curiosity unique to this era. Alaska now so-named the year it was purchased and was no longer Russian Possession, but not yet a District or Territorial pre-state. British America for Canada but also naming Dominion of Canada.
Proposed southern transcontinental railroad line so named, northern line also only proposed.
Ocean distances shown by tracks with mileages, indicating the central role sailing ships playing in global commerce between nations.
The border is unique to post-Civil War issues and is much less common than earlier variant issues.
Map paper evenly moderately age toned, but otherwise clean and well preserved. Displays a pleasing age patina.
Great antique map entirely worthy of hanging for display.
Original fold line as issued.
Sheet measures c. 26 1/2" H x 18" W.
Printed area measures c. 22 1/8" H x 16 5/8" W.
Johnson Map Project, JMP-243; citing Rumsey collection.
Tooleys Dictionary of Mapmakers , v. 2, p. 442*.