1892 (dated) 27 x 20 in (68.58 x 50.8 cm)
1 : 2000000
An attractive 1892 map of California by Rand McNally and Company. It covers the entire state of California in extraordinary detail, noting major towns, cities, mountains, rivers, lakes and other topographical features. An inset map of San Francisco and vicinity is included in the upper right quadrant, while another inset in the lower left quadrant details Los Angeles and vicinity. The map is color coded according to counties. This map was issued as plate nos. 334 and 335 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 (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.
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 3565.146 (1897 edition). Philips (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).