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Auction 148, Lot 458

"[Lot of 2] Ancient Britain I [and] Ancient Britain II", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Britain

Period: 1834 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

11.9 x 14.6 inches
30.2 x 37.1 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.

Nice matched pair of maps showing Britain according to Ptolemy with the Roman roads and stations according to the Itinerary of Antonine. Map I covers England and Wales and map II covers Scotland. Keyboard style borders. Published by Baldwin & Cradock. Size varies slightly.


Condition: B+

Map I has light scattered stains. There is a slight abrasion in the upper border of Map II. Both maps have light toning along the edges of the sheet.

Estimate: $80 - $100

Sold for: $70

Closed on 2/19/2014