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Auction 146, Lot 307

"The Antilles or West-India Islands", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Caribbean

Period: 1835 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

15.3 x 12.4 inches
38.9 x 31.5 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.

Very detailed map of the entire Caribbean and Bahamas showing the islands and colored to reflect the colonial possessions. Statistics providing area and population are printed under the title. Published by Baldwin and Cradock and engraved by J. & C. Walker.


Condition: B+

Minor soiling with light toning along sheet edges and one tear in bottom margin that extends 1/2" into map and has been repaired with archival tape.

Estimate: $90 - $110

Sold for: $60

Closed on 9/4/2013