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19th century map of Japan by Johnson

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19th century map of Japan by Johnson

Alvin Jewett Johnson (September 23, 1827 - April 22, 1884)

was a prolific American map publisher active from 1856 to the mid-1880s. Johnson was born into a poor family in Wallingford, Vermont where he received only a based public education. He is known to have worked as school teacher for several years before moving to Richmond, Virginia. Johnson got his first taste of the map business and a salesman and book canvasser for J. H. Colton and company.