'PARIS' by the S.D.U.K. by W. B. Clarke / J. Shury c.1834 / 1844
A very attractive and detailed mid 19th century plan of Paris, France which was drawn and engraved by W. B. Clarke and J. Shury, respectively, and 'Published under the Superintendance of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge' (London: Baldwin & Craddock, 1834/1845). In the bottom border, Paris's most prominent buildings are illustrated including Notre Dame, the Palais de Luxembourg, the Hotel de Ville, the Palais de Louvre and the Hotel des Invalides.
'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 52.4cms by 39.3cms (including imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins; centre folds, as issued. A few minor age stains. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 160 years old.