“Rand, McNally & Co.’s South Dakota.” Chicago: Rand, McNally & Co., 1908. Separately issued folding map, with original booklet. 12 1/4 x 18 3/4. Cerograph. Full original color. Very good condition.
An early twentieth century map from the Rand, McNally & Co. firm primarily out of Chicago, a company that would shift the center of cartographic publishing from the east coast to the mid-west. This is a “pocket map” meant to be sold to travelers, and it folded into a booklet which contained an index to the railroad system, shippers’ guide and much else. And as explained on the cover of the booklet, “The Special Features of this Pocket Map are: Locating the Nearest Mailing Point of all Local Places; Designating Money Order Post Offices; Telegraph Stations; and Naming the Express Company Doing Business at the Points where the Several Companies have Offices.” The map has impressive topographical and social detail, including settlements, counties, and Indian reservations. One of its features of note is the display of the “entire railroad system” of the state, which each line identified by the use of red stamped numbers explained in a key in the lower right.