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Auction 163, Lot 174

"North America Sheet XIII Parts of Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama & Florida", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Southern United States

Period: 1833 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

16.2 x 12.1 inches
41.1 x 30.7 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.

This detailed steel engraved map consists of primarily Louisiana and Mississippi. The map delineates counties and towns, churches, lakes, post offices and courthouses. County development in Louisiana is primarily along the Mississippi River and in Mississippi it is limited to the southern portion of the state as a large portion of Mississippi is Indian country. Surrounded by a keyboard style border.


Condition: B+

Original outline color with a few faint spots of foxing.

Estimate: $50 - $70

Sold for: $30

Closed on 6/14/2017