A SCHOOL ATLAS of GENERAL AND DESCRIPTIVE GEOGRAPHY, Johnston 1860.
Johnston, Alex. Keith, A SCHOOL ATLAS of GENERAL AND DESCRIPTIVE GEOGRAPHY, Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1860. 1/2 leather/brown pebbled cloth hardcover w/gilt titling to front board, 4to (10.750 x 7"), very good/n.a., [iii], 23 double page one sided maps, index 30pp. Spine chipped at the head and worn at the bottom as well the corners, rubbing to board edges, previous owner's signature to front free fly-leaf, some very light sporadic soiling and staining at limited intervals, all maps seem bright, tight and complete with no foxing noticed.
Quite the tour of a very long time ago - a very distinctive atlas and major segment of Captured Tyme!
After an education at the High School and the University of Edinburgh Johnston was apprenticed to the Edinburgh engraver and mapmaker, James Kirkwood and William Home Lizars. In 1826, he joined his brother William (who would become Sir William Johnston, Lord Provost of Edinburgh) in a printing and engraving business, forming the well-known cartographical firm of W. and A. K. Johnston with offices based at 4 St Andrew Square in Edinburgh's New Town (demolished 2016) and their printworks based at Edina Works, off Easter Road.
The firm used the clan motto of "Ready Aye Ready" as their logo. Early hikes in the West Highlands had led Johnston to despair at the accuracy of maps and inspired a desire to rectify this. Johnston combined cartography with a painstaking and scholarly approach to map production. He went on to establish a reputation for scope and accuracy. Thematic atlases became the hallmark of the company he founded, and W & A K Johnston were appointed engravers to King William IV in 1834. In 1835 he constructed the first English language physical globe of the world incorporating its geology, hydrography and meteorology and in 1860 he published . . . well one must assume you know what he published in that year at this point.