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Auction 145, Lot 556

"Frankfort (Frankfurt) (Am Mayn)", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Frankfurt, Germany

Period: 1837 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15 x 11.7 inches
38.1 x 29.7 cm
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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 large walled and fortified city. Major streets and canals are named and major buildings are delineated. Red and gold lines show the extent of the city in the 9th century and later. A fine city perspective from Sachsenhausen spans the bottom. Distance scales and legend included.


Condition: A

Original color with two faint, unobtrusive spots.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $60

Closed on 6/12/2013