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"Hawaii." Chicago: George F. Cram, 1898. 9 1/2 x 12 3/4. Cerograph. Very good condition.

A nicely detailed map of the new Hawaiian territory. The George Cram Company was an engraving and publishing firm from Chicago. In the mid-nineteenth century, the center of cartographic publishing was Philadelphia and New York City, but in the 1880s this began to shift towards Chicago with the advent of the Rand, McNally and Cram firms. These firms were noted for their efficient output of precise maps filled with useful and up-to-date political and cultural information, and details on roads, towns, and railroads. The firm specialized in railroad maps during this period, so naturally this map shows the one line on Oahu. Beautifully detailed with town names shown and topographical information. Large inset of Honolulu at bottom left. $125

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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