'MADRID' by W. B. Clarke / J. Henshall (S. D. U. K.) c.1831 / 1844
A very attractive and detailed mid 19th century plan of Madrid, Spain which was 'published under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge' (London: Baldwin & Craddock, 1832 -1845). The plan is further embellished in the lower border with architectural views of the city's prominent buildings including the Royal Palace, the Gate of Alcala and El Escorial.
'The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge' (S.D.U.K.), founded in 1826, was a philanthropist 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 37cms by 31.2cms (including imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins. Slight age toning. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 170 years old.