Auction 122, Lot 820

"[Lot of 2] Western Australia Containing the Settlements of Swan River and King George's Sound… [on sheet with] Van-Diemen Island [together with] [Untitled - Australian Coast, Pacific]", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Australia

Period: 1831-1833 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 12.3 inches
38.9 x 31.2 cm

The beginning of the nineteenth century saw a period of rapid market growth and innovation in the map publishing world. Increased literacy and public interest in new frontiers and colonies overwhelmed the market because it was oriented toward the small, affluent market of the previous century. With the intent to fill this void, The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) was founded in 1828 in London, by Lord Brougham and a group of men dedicated to the education of the aspiring working class and the Utilitarian ideal of 'Knowledge is Power.' The society produced an array of education materials, but the series of maps was one of their most successful ventures. A number of engravers and printers were used to produce the maps, which eventually exceed 200 sheets, and continued to be published after the Society as a whole ceased to function.

An informative pair of maps, published by Baldwin and Cradock. Both maps are surrounded with a keyboard-style border.

1) Western Australia Containing the Settlements of Swan River and King George Sound… / Van-Diemen Island is a two part map; Western Australia covers from Perth and the settlements along the Swan River, to St. George's Sound. The other half covers all of Tasmania and the Bass Strait. There is interesting detail of the sparsely settled regions.
2) This untitled map details the western coast of Australia with New South Wales, as well as a portion of New Zealand and New Guinea. The South Pacific island groups are well-delineated.


Condition: B+

Both maps with original outline color, and some faint foxing. Map 2 with a short marginal tear on the right, not affecting the map.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $110

Closed on 12/5/2007