An interesting and detailed 19th century map of the Islands of the Pacific — including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Tahiti, Pitcairn and the Hawaiian Islands — which was engraved by J. & C. Walker for the ‘Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge’ and published by Chapman & Hall (London) in c.1844.
‘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 39.6cms by 32cms (including outer text & imprint).
- The map is in very good condition with adequate margins There is light browning in the margins. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 170 years old.