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Auction 194, Lot 38


"No. 6 Circumjacent the South Pole", SDUK Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

Subject: South Pole

Period: 1830 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

11 x 10.9 inches
27.9 x 27.7 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 map was produced to illustrate the latest discoveries in Antarctica including South Shetland, Enderby Land, Sabrina Land, La Terre Adele, and Balleny, which are all delineated within the Antarctic Circle. This is the earlier issue of this map, before the explorations in the Antarctic started to coalesce into a rudimentary coastline. Engraved by J & C Walker.


Condition: A

Contemporary outline color with a few minor edge tears that have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $70 - $90

Sold for: $45

Closed on 9/13/2023