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Auction 163, Lot 173

"North America Sheet XII. Georgia with Parts of North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama & Florida", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Southern United States, Georgia

Period: 1833 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12.4 x 15.7 inches
31.5 x 39.9 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.

Steel engraved map that covers all of Georgia and extends west into Alabama to just beyond Montgomery. Also includes the western portions of North and South Carolina, and a large portion of Tennessee. Details county development, roads, watershed and terrain. Keyboard style border.


Condition: A

Original outline color with faint toning along sheet edges.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $90

Closed on 6/14/2017