Map of Argentine Republic, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
1892 (dated) 27 x 20 in (68.58 x 50.8 cm)
1 : 4250000
This is a beautiful example of Rand McNally and Company's 1892 map of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. It covers from Tacna in Chile to the Territory of Rio Negro in the Argentine Republic. The southern portions of Chile and the Argentine Republic are featured in an inset in the lower right quadrant. Two small inset maps along the left border detail St. Felix and St. Ambrose Islands and the Juan Fernandez Islands, both of which were ceded to Chile. Color coded according to states 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 nos. 422 and 423 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 and Co., Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World, (Chicago) 1893.
Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Text on verso.
Rumsey 3565.048 (1897 edition). Philip (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).