1892 Rand McNally Map of the World on Mercator's Projection
Description: This is a beautiful example of Rand McNally and Company's 1892 map of the World on Mercator's projection. Depicts the entire world centered on North and South America and offers a fascinating snapshot of the world during a period of rapid globalization and discovery. The Antarctic exploration was still in its infancy, though parts of the Antarctic coast line are noted to the south of Australia and off the coast of Tierra del Fuego. Vast stretches of unmapped territory and speculative cartography fill central Asia, South America, Canada, Africa and Australia. Throughout several ocean currents are mapped and routes noted. Color coded according to countries and regions, the map identifies numerous cities, as well as noting various rivers, mountains and other topographical details. Relief shown by hachure. This map was issued as plate nos. 10 and 11 in the 1895 issue of Rand McNally and Company's Indexed Atlas of the World - possibly the finest atlas Rand McNally ever issued.
Date: 1892 (dated)
Source: Rand McNally & Co., Foreign Countries. Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World (Complete in Two Volumes)…, (Chicago) 1895.
References: Rumsey 3565.002 (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 27 x 20.5 inches (68.58 x 52.07 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Verso repair near bottom margin. Map of northern Hemisphere and other comparative charts on verso.
Code: WorldMercator-randmcnally-1895 (to order by phone call: 646-384-4040)