1893 Rand McNally Map of Abyssinia (Ethiopia)
Description: This is a beautiful example of Rand McNally and Company's 1893 map of Abyssinia (Ethiopia) and surrounding countries. It covers from Abu Ahmed to Faweira and includes parts of Yemen in Arabia. This map was made in the year following the Great Ethiopian Famine, which killed around a third of its population and lasted from 1888 to 1892. This map of Abyssinia and surround countries, printed on half the page unlike most other maps in this atlas, contains a list of divisions, lakes, mountains, rivers and towns in the lower half of the page, on the left of the printed map. Color coded according to regions, the map notes several towns, cities, rivers, mountains, and various other topographical details with relief shown by hachure. This map was issued as plate no. 146 in the 1895 issue of Rand McNally and Company's Indexed Atlas of the World - possibly the finest atlas Rand McNally ever issued.
Date: 1893 (dated)
Source: Rand McNally & Co., Foreign Countries. Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World (Complete in Two Volumes)…, (Chicago) 1895.
References: Rumsey 3565.038 (1897 edition). Philip (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).
Cartographer: Rand McNally (fl. 1856 - present) is an American publisher of maps, atlases and globes. The company was founded in 1856 when William H. Rand, a native of Quincy, Massachusetts, opened a print shop in Chicago. Rand hired the recent Irish immigrant Andrew McNally to assist in the shop giving him a wage of 9 USD per week. The duo landed several important contracts, including the Tribune's (later renamed the Chicago Tribune) printing operation. In 1872 Rand McNally produced its first map, a railroad guide, using new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As the Chicago developed as a railway hub the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of maps and guides. Over time the firm expanded into atlases, globes, education books, and general literature. By embracing the cost effective wax engraving process Rand McNally was able to dominate the map and atlas market, pushing more traditional American lithographic publishers like Colton, Johnson, and Mitchell out of business. Eventually Rand McNally opened an annex office in New York City headed by Caleb S. Hammond, whose name is today synonymous with maps and atlases, and who later started his own map company, C. S. Hammond & Co. Both firms remain in business. Click here for a list of rare maps by Rand McNally.
Size: Printed area measures 10 x 13 inches (25.4 x 33.02 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 6450000
Condition: Very good. Text on verso and at bottom of page, left of map.
Code: Abyssinia-randmcnally-1895 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)