Map, W & A.K. Johnston, Australia, c1876
Artist: W and R Chambers
Printer: W and AK Johnston
Engraver: William and Alexander Keith Johnston
Condition: Very Good
Technique: Lithograph printed in colour
Publisher: Gotha: Justus Perthes
Johnston, W, and AK
The firm of W. & A.K. Johnston was one of the major map publishing houses of the 19th century. William Johnston (1802–1888) and his brother Alexander Keith Johnston (1804–1871) originally trained as engravers and founded the firm in 1826. Their offices were based in St Andrew Square in Edinburgh's New Town, with their print works based at the Edina Works, off Easter Road. Keith Johnston became Geographer-Royal for Scotland in 1843, whilst William later became Lord Provost of Edinburgh and was knighted.
Chambers William and Robert
The firm of W. & R. Chambers was founded in 1832 by two brothers, William (1800-1883)
and Robert (1802-1871). From humble beginnings as a small-time bookseller and hand-press
printer, over the decades the company acquired a global reputation for its educational books,
periodicals, dictionaries, and encyclopaedias.