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Auction 135, Lot 538

"[Lot of 10] Russia in Europe Part I - X", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Eastern Europe, Russia

Period: 1834-35 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 12.3 inches
39.4 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.

Complete set of ten maps detailing European Russia. This is perhaps the most comprehensive set of maps of the region published in the early nineteenth century. The first map in the set also includes Sweden and Norway and Map X is a general index map. The detail on each map is remarkable. Set includes 1) The Northern Provinces of Sweden and Norway with Part I of Russia; 2) Russia in Europe Part II; 3) Russia in Europe Part III; 4) Russia in Europe Part IV; 5) Russia in Europe Part V; 6) Russia in Europe Part VI; 7) Russia in Europe Part VII; 8) Russia in Europe Part VIII with Small Index Map shows the extent of Poland before the partition Treaty of 1772; 9) Russia in Europe part IX and Georgia; 10) Russia in Europe Part X.


Condition: A

Each with original outline color and very nice impressions. A little light marginal age toning, map images mostly fine.

Estimate: $300 - $400


Closed on 2/16/2011