Map of Montreal.
1893 (dated) 20 x 27 in (50.8 x 68.58 cm)
This is a beautiful example of Rand McNally and Company's 1892 map of Montreal, Canada. This city plan covers Montreal from Cote St. Antoine to Maisonneuve and includes St. Helen's Island. It identifies the Mount Royal Park, Guard Pier, Notre Dame Des Neiges Cemetery, St. Louis Square, Logan Park, and several other important landmarks. It offers wonderful detail at street level including reference to important buildings, street grids with street names, parks, squares, canals, and several other topographical details. The location of the proposed wharves near Point St. Charles and the ferry and steamboat lines in the St. Lawrence River are noted. St. Helen's Park, which was converted into a public park in 1874, is identified. Isle Ronde, or the Round Island, near St. Helen's Island is here identified as a separate island. This island was connected to St. Helen's island with soil excavated during the construction of the Montreal Metro. This map was issued as plate nos. 222 and 223 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. Original centerfold. Text on verso.
Rumsey 3565.062 (1897 edition). Philip (atlases) 1026 (1898 edition).