This is a beautiful example of Rand McNally and Company's 1891 map of Belgium and the Netherlands. The map covers both Holland and Belgium from Friesland to Luxembourg and includes the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg. An inset in the upper left quadrant details the Plan of Brussels. In 1830, the Belgian Revolution led to the secession of Belgium from the United Kingdom of Netherlands and it's subsequently consolidation as the independent Kingdom of Belgium. Though Belgium had successfully attained self-rule, the Netherlands refused to recognize the new country until the 1839 Treaty of London. The Grand Duchy of Luxemburg continued to be part of the Netherlands until 1890 when the Grand Duke of Luxemburg and King of the Netherlands, William III, died with no male heirs. The Dutch throne passed on to his daughter, but Nassau Family Pact, restricted Luxembourg to a male heir so the throne passed to House of Nassau-Weilburg. Color coded according to territories, the map notes several towns, cities, rivers and various other topographical details with relief shown by hachure. This map was issued as plate no. 53 in the 1895 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., Foreign Countries. Rand, McNally & Co's Indexed Atlas of the World (Complete in Two Volumes)…, (Chicago) 1895.
Very good. Text on verso.
Rumsey 3565.012 (1897 edition). Philip (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).