'POMPEII' by W. B. Clarke / T. E. Nicholson / S.D.U.K. c.1835 (original colour)
A very attractive and detailed 19th century plan of the excavated ruins of Pompeii, Italy which was published under the Superintendance of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (London: Baldwin & Craddock, 1832).On the bottom border a panorama of the ruins is displayed along with a profile of the major buildings as they would have appeared in ancient times. An inset map in the lower left shows the location of Pompeii in relation to Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples.
'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 original hand colour.
- Printed area is approximately 37.7cms by 28.2cms (including imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with decent margins. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 160 years old.