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Auction 164, Lot 671


"Siberia and Chinese Empire", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: Northern Asia

Period: 1874 (circa)

Publication: Complete Atlas…

Color: Hand Color

15.7 x 12.6 inches
39.9 x 32 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 from Tomsk and Khamil east to Saghalian Island and south to show all of Corea. It locates portions of the Great Wall and is filled with place names and topographical information. Handsome coloring and keyboard-style border.


Condition: A

A crisp impression.

Estimate: $60 - $75

Sold for: $30

Closed on 9/13/2017