'ITALY GENERAL MAP INCLUDING SICILY, MALTA SARDINIA, CORSICA' ' by the S.D.U.K. / J. & C. Walker c.1846-1852
An interesting and detailed 19th century map of Italy (including Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Malta) which was engraved by J. & C. Walker and 'published under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge' (London: Charles Knight, 1846-1852).
'The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge' (S.D.U.K.), founded in 1826, was a philanthropic organisation established with the purpose of supplying the public with accessible and affordable educational material, particularly in the form of maps. The 19th century had, as a result of both the agricultural and industrial revolution, seen an increase in population, urbanisation and literacy. These resulting changes had lead to concerns that the urban masses could be influenced by cheap, radical and seditious forms of literature, which in turn, would lead to major social unrest and possible revolution. The S.D.U.K. sort to remedy this problem with more beneficial forms of education. Despite producing many fine works/maps and inspiring an American movement of the same name, the S. D. U. K. was to enjoy only moderate success and folded in 1848; nevertheless, its maps were republished by various publishers into the 1880s.
- This is an original steel engraving with later hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 33.6cms by 39.6cms (including imprint and scale bars).
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins; horizontal fold, as issued. A small split in the fold (by the scale bar) has been repaired. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 165 years old.