Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (fl 1829 - 1876)

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The Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge or SDUK produced two landmark publications in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume published by Baldwin and Cradock concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc.

The second volume, World Atlas, was published by Chapman & Hall in 1844 and contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc.Also included were some of the finest engraved and hand colored town and city plans published at that time

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1831 SDUK Antique Gnomonic Projection Map of Australia Indian Ocean & China

1831 SDUK Antique Gnomonic Projection Map of Australia Indian Ocean & China

  • Title : Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge...June 1831
  • Ref #:  32534
  • Size: 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
  • Date : 1831
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition

Description:
This fine original antique map* of Western & Central Australia, The Indian Ocean & China - on a gnomonic projection - was engraved in 1831 - dated at the bottom of the map - and was published in the Baldwin & Cradock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

A gnomonic map projection displays all great circles as straight lines, resulting in any line segment on a gnomonic map showing a geodesic, the shortest route between the segment's two endpoints. This is achieved by casting surface points of the sphere onto a tangent plane, each landing where a ray from the center of the sphere passes through the point on the surface and then on to the plane. No distortion occurs at the tangent point, but distortion increases rapidly away from it. Less than half of the sphere can be projected onto a finite map. Consequently a rectilinear photographic lens cannot image more than 180 degrees.

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - 
Colors used: - 
General color appearance: - 
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$99.00 USD
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1832 SDUK Antique Map of New England, New York to New Jersey

1832 SDUK Antique Map of New England, New York to New Jersey

  • Title : North America Sheet VI New-York, Vermont, Maine, New-Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode-Island. and New Jersey
  • Ref  :  50273
  • Size: 16in x 13in (405mm x 335mm)
  • Date : 1823
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition

Description: 
This finely engraved hand coloured original antique map of New England, New York to New Jersey was engraved in 1832 - the date is engraved at the foot of the map - and was published in the 1835 Baldwin & Craddock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

Background: The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: -  Original & later
Colors used: -  Red, green, yellow
General color appearance: -  Authentic
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (405mm x 335mm)
Margins: - min. 1/2in (12mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$75.00 USD
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1833 SDUK Antique Map of New South Wales w/ inset Plan of Sydney Town

1833 SDUK Antique Map of New South Wales w/ inset Plan of Sydney Town

  • Title :  New South Wales ...from the MS Maps in the Colonial Office
  • Ref :  31989
  • Size:  16in x 14in (410mm x 355m)
  • Date : 1833
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of New South Wales with an inset plan of Sydney Town was engraved in 1833 by J&C Walker - the date is engraved at the foot of the map - and was published in the 1835 Baldwin & Craddock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge(SDUK) Atlas.

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original & heavy
Colors used: - Red, yellow, green, blue
General color appearance: - Authentic 
Paper size: - 16in x 14in (410mm x 355m)
Margins: - min. 1/2in (3mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - Light age toning
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$225.00 USD
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1833 SDUK Antique Map of New South Wales, Australia

1833 SDUK Antique Map of New South Wales, Australia

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of New South Wales - with an inset plan of Sydney -  was published in the 1833 Baldwin & Cradock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Green, yellow
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - Light age toning along centerfold
Verso: - None

$225.00 USD
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1833 SDUK Antique Map of Western Australia & Van Diemen's Island, Tasmania

1833 SDUK Antique Map of Western Australia & Van Diemen's Island, Tasmania

  • Title :  Western Australia Containing the Settlements of Swan River and King George Sound; Van Diemens Island
  • Ref :  31974
  • Size:  16in x 14in (410mm x 355m)
  • Date : 1833
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of Western Australia & Tasmania (only 4 years after the first settlement of WA in 1829) was engraved in 1833 by J&C Walker - the date is engraved at the foot of the map - and was published in the 1835 Baldwin & Craddock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original 
Colors used: - Red, yellow, green, blue
General color appearance: - Authentic 
Paper size: - 16in x 14in (410mm x 355m)
Margins: - min. 1/2in (3mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - Light age toning
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$225.00 USD
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1833 SDUK Map of Western Australia & Tasmania

1833 SDUK Map of Western Australia & Tasmania

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of Western Australia & Tasmania - Van Diemens Land -  was published in the 1833 Baldwin & Cradock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Green, yellow
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$225.00 USD
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1834 - 1840 SDUK Antique Maps of Russia x 12 Maps - Complete Set

1834 - 1840 SDUK Antique Maps of Russia x 12 Maps - Complete Set

Description:
These twelve finely engraved hand coloured original antique maps of Russia  - a complete set - were engraved between 1834 & 1840 by J & C Walker - the dates are engraved at the foot of each map - and were published in the Baldwin & Craddock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

The maps included are;

#1 Russia General map
#2 Olonetz, Iaroslavl, Arkhangel
#3 Estonia, Livonia
#4 Novogrod, Tver, Smolensk
#5 Vilna, Grodno, Volhynia, Podolia
#6 Kalouga, Orlov, Orel, Kharkov, Ukraine
#7 Novogrod, Orenbourg, Astrkhan
#8 Podolia, Bessarabia, Kherson, Crimea
#9 Caucasus, Circassia, Astrakhan, Georgia
#10 Western Siberia, Tartary, Khiva, Bokhara
#11 Eastern Siberia
#12 Siberia & Chinese Tartary

The SDUK produced two landmark publications in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - off white
Age of map color: - Original
Colors used: - Green, red, yellow, blue
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 16 1/2in x 13 1/2in (420mm x 345mm)ea.
Margins: - Min 1/2in (10mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$199.00 USD
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1838 SDUK Large Antique Map of New Zealand - 1st edition

1838 SDUK Large Antique Map of New Zealand - 1st edition

  • Title :The Islands of New Zealand....Published by the SDUK...Nov 26th 1838
  • Ref #:  61040
  • Size: 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
  • Date : 1838
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition

Description: 
This fine original hand coloured antique map* of New Zealand was engraved in 1838 (1st edition) - dated at the bottom of the map - by J & C W Walker and was published in the Baldwin & Cradock edition of theSociety For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

Background: The map covers the entire island country from Cape Reinga (C. Maria Van Diemen) to Stewart Island. Various cities, towns, rivers, mountains, bays and several other topographical details are noted with relief shown by hachure.

In 1840, after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the British annexed New Zealand as part of the Australian colony of New South Wales. However, it separated from New South Wales to become a colony in its own right in 1841. This map was originally copyrighted in 1838, but was issued in Volume two of Chapman and Hall's 1844 edition of Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge 

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: -  Early
Colors used: -  Yellow, blue
General color appearance: -  Authentic
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - Light age toning in margins
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$425.00 USD
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1840 SDUK Antique Map of Australia in 1839 - Population 141,000

1840 SDUK Antique Map of Australia in 1839 - Population 141,000

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of Australia showing the boundary of the first Australian Sate - South Australia - with a Population census of all the white people residing in Australia at the time, totaling 141,000 -  was engraved in 1840 - the date is engraved at the foot of the map - and was published in the Baldwin & Craddock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original 
Colors used: - Red
General color appearance: - Authentic 
Paper size: - 16in x 14in (410mm x 355m)
Margins: - min. 1/2in (3mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - Left margin cropped close to margin
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$275.00 USD
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1840 SDUK Antique Map of The Pacific Australia to California

1840 SDUK Antique Map of The Pacific Australia to California

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of The Pacific from Australia to America  was published in the 1840 Baldwin & Cradock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Green, yellow
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$99.00 USD
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1840 SDUK Map of Australia, New Zealand & North America - Mexico, Texas, Pacific

1840 SDUK Map of Australia, New Zealand & North America - Mexico, Texas, Pacific

Description:
This fine hand coloured original antique map of the Pacific Ocean from Australia to New Zealand to North America was engraved in 1840 - the date is engraved at the foot of the map - and was published in the 1845 Chapman & Hall edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

Important early map of Australia and New Zealand. South Australia is the only state defined, Melbourne is still identified only as Port Phillip. In north America Texas and the western states are names as part of Mexico.

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - 
Colors used: - 
General color appearance: - 
Paper size: - 16 1/4in x 14in (415mm x 355m)
Margins: - min. 1/4in (8mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$99.00 USD
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1844 SDUK Antique Gnomonic Map of Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Hawaii

1844 SDUK Antique Gnomonic Map of Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Hawaii

  • Title : Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
  • Date : 1844
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition
  • Ref:  11-0974
  • Size: x 13in (400mm x 330mm)

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific including Hawaii - on a gnomonic projection - was published in the 1844 Baldwin & Cradock edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

A gnomonic map projection displays all great circles as straight lines, resulting in any line segment on a gnomonic map showing a geodesic, the shortest route between the segment's two endpoints. This is achieved by casting surface points of the sphere onto a tangent plane, each landing where a ray from the center of the sphere passes through the point on the surface and then on to the plane. No distortion occurs at the tangent point, but distortion increases rapidly away from it. Less than half of the sphere can be projected onto a finite map. Consequently a rectilinear photographic lens cannot image more than 180 degrees.

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Green, yellow
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$125.00 USD
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1846 SDUK Antique Gnomonic Map of Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Hawaii

1846 SDUK Antique Gnomonic Map of Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific, Hawaii

  • Title : Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
  • Date : 1846
  • Size: 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
  • Ref:  11-0984
  • Condition: (A+) Fine Condition

Description: 
This fine hand coloured original antique map of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific including Hawaii - on a gnomonic projection - was published in the 1846 Charles Knight edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

A gnomonic map projection displays all great circles as straight lines, resulting in any line segment on a gnomonic map showing a geodesic, the shortest route between the segment's two endpoints. This is achieved by casting surface points of the sphere onto a tangent plane, each landing where a ray from the center of the sphere passes through the point on the surface and then on to the plane. No distortion occurs at the tangent point, but distortion increases rapidly away from it. Less than half of the sphere can be projected onto a finite map. Consequently a rectilinear photographic lens cannot image more than 180 degrees.

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - Original Colors used: - Green, yellow
General color appearance: - Authentic
Paper size: - 16in x 13in (400mm x 330mm)
Margins: - min. 1in (25mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$125.00 USD
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1846 SDUK Map of Australia, New Zealand & North America - Mexico, Texas, Pacific

1846 SDUK Map of Australia, New Zealand & North America - Mexico, Texas, Pacific

Description:
This fine hand coloured original antique map of the Pacific Ocean from Australia to New Zealand to North America was published in the 1846 Charls Knight edition of the Society For the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK) Atlas.

Important early map of Australia and New Zealand. South Australia is the only state defined, Melbourne is still identified only as Port Phillip. In north America Texas and the western states are names as part of Mexico.

The SDUK produced two landmark volumes in cartography in the first half of the 19th century. The first volume concentrated on areas of the old world, Europe, Africa, Great Britain etc. The second volume contained maps of the new world, America, South Asia, including US state maps, colonies of Australia, South Africa, South America etc. Also included were some of the finest engraved town and city plans  published at that time.
The SDUK was published in its entirety or in part by many publishers including Baldwin and Cradock 1829-32, Chapman & Hall in 1844, Charles Knight & co. 1846 – 1852. G. Cox published the SDUK between 1852-3, Stanford 1857-70 and later revised edition were also published after Stanford.
This is a finely engraved map with beautiful original colour t on strong, clean paper. (Ref: Tooley, M&B)

General Description:
Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable
Paper color: - white
Age of map color: - 
Colors used: - 
General color appearance: - 
Paper size: - 16 1/4in x 14in (415mm x 355m)
Margins: - min. 1/4in (8mm)

Imperfections:
Margins: - None
Plate area: - None
Verso: - None

$99.00 USD
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