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Rand McNally 1899 Hawaii
"Map of Hawaii." From Atlas Of The World. Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1899. 9 1/2 x 12 1/2. Color cerograph. Very good condition.

The end of the nineteenth century was a traumatic time for Hawaii. In 1893, Queen Liliuokalani was forced to surrender her kingdom to the United States, which officially annexed the island nation in 1898 and became a U.S. territory in 1900. This map shows Hawaii just after it was annexed and so it would have been of considerable interest to the Rand, McNally & Co. audience. This firm is one of only two surviving large map companies from the nineteenth century (the other being the Cram Company), and it has a very long history in portraying America in maps. The map is up-to-date and detailed and its quality and precision harkens more to the maps of forthcoming century than to those of the old. $90


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