This is an appealing 1889 example of Rand McNally and Company's map of Minnesota. The map covers the entire state, with the north east corner of the state features in an inset in the upper right quadrant. Another inset of Minneapolis, St. Paul and vicinity is included in the bottom right quadrant. The map also delineates survey grids and plats referencing the work of the U.S. Land Survey. The area near Red Lake is identified as 'Red Lake Unceded Indian Lands.' Color coded according to counties, the map also identifies major towns, cities, rivers, and other topographical features. This map was issued as plate nos. 242 and 243 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 3565.123 (1897 edition). Philips (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).