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Antique map of Ireland by Keith Johnston, FRSE, c1861.

Antique map of Ireland by Keith Johnston, FRSE, c1861.

by Johnston, Keith

A wonderful Ireland antique map by Queen's Geographer Alexander Keith Johnston (1804-1871). It has the most comprehensive geographical detail of any Ireland map that we have seen. Engraved and printed by W. & A.K. Johnston, Edinburgh, for Keith Johnston's Royal Atlas, with contemporary pen highlighting of counties and towns, and additional later fine colour wash. This map was published circa 1861 by William Blackwood & Sons of Edinburgh & London.

William Johnston (1802-1888) started as an engraver and printer in 1825 at 6 Hill Square in Edinburgh, and founded the family publishing firm of W. & A.K. Johnston, which moved to 160 High Street in 1826, St Andrew Square in 1837, and to Edina Works, Easter Road, in 1879. In 1932 Sir William Johnston was appointed Lord Provost of Edinburgh, convenor of the City of Edinburgh local authority.

In 1826 William’s younger brother (Alexander) Keith Johnston (1804-1871) joined him in the family publishing house. Being particularly interested in physical geography, after university Keith Johnston trained with international geographers, including Alexander von Humboldt. In 1841 his first atlas National Atlas of General Geography was published, resulting in his 1843 appointment as Geographer Royal for Scotland. He adopted the title of 'Geographer at Edinburgh in Ordinary to the Queen'.

In 1848 William Blackwood & Sons published Keith Johnston’s Physical Atlas, illustrating all aspects of comparative life and geography around the world, with a larger edition published in 1856. In 1850 Johnston’s Dictionary of Geography was published, and in 1855 Keith began The Royal Atlas of Modern Geography. First published in 1861, 'Keith Johnston's Royal Atlas was updated and reissued many times, with Thomas Brumby Johnston (1814-1897), who joined the firm in 1838, continuing the revisions from 1887 to 1897.

It is a relatively large map which was published in an atlas half its size so has a horizontal central fold which has been reinforced by conservation tape. There is slight age discolouration towards the edges of the map (which is to be expected), but the colour distracts from that. Map page size is 465 x 370mm (18 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches). To map border meaasures 425 x 322mm (16 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches). 


Stock Number: amKJIre.44PPrice: $500.00