1891 Rand McNally Map or Plan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Map of Philadelphia.

1891 Rand McNally Map or Plan of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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Map of Philadelphia.
  1891 (dated)    20 x 27 in (50.8 x 68.58 cm)     1 : 19400


This is a beautiful 1891 map or plan of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by Rand McNally and Company. This city plan covers Philadelphia from the Fairmount to Treaty (Petty's) Island. Part of Camden New Jersey is also included. The map is highly detailed, showing street grids, parks, cemeteries, individual buildings, rivers, islands, piers, railroads, and other topographical features. An inset in the lower right quadrant details Philadelphia and vicinity. An index of the piers on the Delaware River is also included below the title. This map was issued as plate nos. 90 and 91 in the 1893 edition of Rand McNally and Company's Indexed Atlas of the World- possibly the finest atlas Rand McNally ever issued.


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.


Rand McNally & Co., Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World, (Chicago) 1893.    


Very good. Original centerfold exhibits minor wear. Text on verso.


Rumsey 3565.081 (1897 edition). Philips (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).