1891 Rand McNally Map of the United States
Description: An attractive 1891 map of the United States by Rand McNally and Company. It covers the United States in its entirety and includes parts of Canada and Mexico. Major cities, towns, rivers, mountains, railroads and other important topographical features are identified. State boundaries are outlined in color and elevation is rendered by hachures. This map was issued as plate no. 13 in the 1893 edition of Rand McNally and Company's Indexed Atlas of the World- possibly the finest atlas Rand McNally ever issued.
Date: 1891 (dated)
Source: Rand McNally & Co., Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World, (Chicago) 1893.
References: Rumsey 2094.015 (1889 edition). Philips (atlases) 952.
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 20 x 13 inches (50.8 x 33.02 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 9900000
Condition: Very good. Text on verso. Some wear and verso repair near bottom margin of map.
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Code: UnitedStates-randmcnally-1893 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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