"Munich (Munchen)", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
Subject: Germany, Munich
Period: 1832 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
15 x 12 inches
38.1 x 30.5 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.
A finely engraved plan detailing the city and surrounding area. Major streets and buildings are named. A red line shows the extent of the original city's fortifications. A finely engraved bird's-eye view of the city from the east spans the bottom. Distance scales and a legend are also included. Drawn by W.B. Clarke, engraved by T. Bradley and published by Baldwin & Cradock.