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Auction 151, Lot 519

"[Lot of 5] Berlin [and] Dresden [and] Frankfort (Frankfurt) (Am Mayn) [and] Hamburg [and] Munich (Munchen)", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Germany

Period: 1832-41 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

See Description

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 handsome set includes five steel engraved plans of major German cities. Each shows excellent detail of the street grids, important buildings, parks and rivers. All, with the exception of Hamburg, include profiles at bottom.

A. Berlin, dated 1833 (14.8 x 11.8").

B. Dresden, dated 1833 (14.9 x 12.3").

C. Frankfort (Frankfurt) (Am Mayn), dated 1837 (14.9 x 12.0").

D. Hamburg, dated 1841 (15.6 x 12.4").

E. Munich (Munchen), dated 1832 (15.1 x 12.6").


Condition: B+

Crisp impressions with original color, faint toning mostly in the blank margins, and a few minor spots.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $180

Closed on 11/19/2014