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Auction 132, Lot 594

"Palestine in the Time of Our Saviour", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Holy Land

Period: 1843 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

13 x 16 inches
33 x 40.6 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.

Detailed map of the region of present-day Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and part of Syria extending up to Sidon. Crisply engraved and filled with information including a note on Decapolis and an inset plan of Ancient Jerusalem. A table lists the twelve tribes with an index to the map. Published by Chapman & Hall.


Condition: A

Original outline color with minor toning in the margins.

Estimate: $80 - $120

Sold for: $60

Closed on 6/2/2010