The Solar System. Theory of the Seasons.
1885 (undated) 13.5 x 9.5 in (34.29 x 24.13 cm)
This is a fine example of Rand McNally's 1885 McNally map of the Solar System. The map features several theories about the solar system and other observations. Several diagrams are depicted in color including 'The Solar System,' 'Comparative Distances of the Planets From the Sun,' 'Comparative Size of the Sun as Seen From the Planets,' 'Theory of the Seasons,' 'Comparative Size of the Planets,' 'eclipses,' 'Theory of the Tides,' 'Phases of the Moon,' 'Rotundity of the earth and Refraction of the Atmosphere.' Some diagrams are accompanied by short paragraphs of explanations. Map is issued as page no. 8.
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.
Very good. Text on verso.