This is an attractive 1891 Rand McNally map or plan of the city of St. Louis, Missouri. It covers the city from the city limits east across the Mississippi River to Horseshoe Lake in Illinois. In addition to all major streets, this map identified important buildings including the insane asylum, poor house, crematorium, female hospital etc. The map offers extraordinary detail at level of individual streets and buildings. Parks, cemeteries, railway lines and various topographic details are also included. An inset in the lower right quadrant features a map of St. Louis and vicinity. This map was issued as plate nos. 262 and 263 in the 1893 edition 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. Original centerfold exhibits minor wear. Text on verso.
Rumsey 3565.128 (1897 edition). Philips (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).