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Auction 162, Lot 207


"North America Sheet IX Parts of Missouri, Illinois and Indiana", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Central United States

Period: 1833 (dated)


Color: Black & White

14.4 x 12.1 inches
36.6 x 30.7 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.

Detailed map of the region covering from present-day Iowa, here shown as Sioux District, through northwestern Indiana (lands of the Putawatomies and Miamis) in the north, and from the Osage River to the Kentucky/Indiana boundary in the south. Large sections show no settlement and others with early county configurations. A great map showing the extent of western emigration at this early point in U.S. history. Published by Baldwin and Cradock.


Condition: B+

A dark impression on a clean sheet with a tiny professionally repaired hole at lower left.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $20

Closed on 4/26/2017