1895 Rand McNally Map of China, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines
Description: This is a beautiful example of Rand McNally and Company's 1895 map of China, Southeast Asia, and the Philippines. It covers from Korea south as far as Borneo and from Burma to the western tip of Japan. The Malay Archipelago (or east Indies) is here referred to as Malaysia, not to be confused with the modern day country of Malaysia on the Malay Peninsula, which is included here, but not named. Both the Great Wall and the Grand Canal in China are identified. Taiwan or Formosa is mapped vaguely, representing the poor knowledge of the region prior to the Japanese invasion and subsequent survey work in 1895. As this map was drawn, Imperial China wilted under the weak Qing Dynasty while in 1893, the Franco-Siamese War was about to break out between the Kingdom of Siam and the French Republic. This would ultimately result in the secession of Laos to the French. Color coded according to provinces and 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. 529 in the 1895 issue of Rand McNally and Company's Indexed Atlas of the World - possibly the finest atlas Rand McNally ever issued.
Date: 1895 (undated)
Source: Rand McNally & Co., Foreign Countries. Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World (Complete in Two Volumes)…, (Chicago) 1895.
References: Rumsey 3565.033 (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 21 in height x 13.5 inches in width (53.34 x 34.29 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Text on verso.
Code: IndochinaMalay-randmcnally-1895 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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