Catalog Archive
Auction 138, Lot 423

"[Lot of 2] South America Sheet III South Brazil with Paraguay and Uruguay [and] South America Sheet VI Bolivia and Peru with a Part of Brazil", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Central South America

Period: 1837 (circa)


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.

These two sheets are part of a six-sheet set of maps of South America. Each is incredibly detailed, showing topography, cities, towns, Indian villages, and very interesting notations concerning explorations. These two maps cover Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and western and southern Brazil. Sheet III is dated 1837. Engraved by J.&C. Walker


Condition: B+

Original outline coloring with light soiling in blank margins. <i>Sheet III</i> is trimmed close at top and right, as issued.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 12/7/2011