An attractive example of Rand McNally and Company's 1892 map of Central America. The map covers Central America from British Honduras to Costa Rica including Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. In Colombia, the boundary claimed by Coast Rica is noted. An inset map showing the proposed line of the Nicaragua Canal is included in the lower left quadrant. The proposed canal to this date remains to be built, having been superseded by the Panama Canal. Color coded according to countries, the map notes several towns, cities, rivers, mountains and other topographical details with relief shown by hachure. This map was issued as plate nos. 398 and 399 in the 1893 issue of Rand McNally and Company's Indexed Atlas of the World- possibly the finest atlas Rand McNally ever issued.
Rand, McNally and Co. (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 a new cost effective printing technique known as wax process engraving. As Chicago developed as a railway hub, the Rand firm, now incorporated as Rand McNally, began producing a wide array of railroad maps and guides. Over time, the firm expanded into atlases, globes, educational material, and general literature. By embracing the 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.
Rand McNally & Co., Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World, (Chicago) 1893.
Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Text on verso.
Rumsey 3565.053 (1897 edition). Philip (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).