1892 Rand McNally Map of Ireland
Description: This is a beautiful example of Rand McNally and Company's 1892 map of Ireland. The map covers the emerald Isle in full from Donegal to Cork. Ireland is divided into its four primary provinces, Munster, Ulster, Connaught and Leinster. During the 19th century, Ireland suffered a series of potato related famines, the worst one being the Great Irish Famine from 1845 – 1849, which killed nearly a million people. As a result Ireland witnessed a widespread exodus. By the end of the 19th century, almost 50% of immigrants into the United States were from Ireland. Color coded according to provinces, this map identifies numerous cities and towns, as well as noting various rivers and other topographical details. Relief shown by hachure. This map was issued as plate nos. 442 and 443 in the 1893 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., Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World, (Chicago) 1893.
References: Rumsey 3565.009 (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 in height x 20 inches in width (68.58 x 50.8 centimeters)
Condition: Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Text on verso.
Code: Ireland-randmcnally-1895 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
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