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Auction 146, Lot 294

"Central America I. Including Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala, Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Southern States of Mexico", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Central America & Mexico

Period: 1842 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15.5 x 12.2 inches
39.4 x 31 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.

This very detailed engraving covers Central America from Costa Rica through the majority of Mexico and the southern portion of the Republic of Texas. The tip of Florida and Cuba are shown at the eastern edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Keyboard-style border. Engraved by J. & C. Walker and published by Chapman and Hall.


Condition: B+

Original color with light soiling and toning along sheet edges.

Estimate: $75 - $95


Closed on 9/4/2013