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SDUK 1877 – large map of India in 13 map set

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Engraved by J & C Walker, for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The index map of the whole of India and Ceylon, shows the extent of the 12 sheets and the areas covered.

I have this at least two or three of these sets that I can remember. One is a ten map set and another one is the one shown above 13 map set.

Not my fav maps for sure. It was more like a collections of names rather than maps. I generally bought them because they would have names of some of the citites that I know.

An individual map might look like this:

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A lot of detail, but no soul!

SDUK did print maps of the city plans and those are intersting. I do have one of Calcutta published by SDUK.

The more interesting part is the publisher – The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, founded in 1826, was a Whiggish London organisation that published inexpensive texts intended to adapt scientific and similarly high-minded material for the rapidly expanding reading public. It was established mainly at the instigation of Lord Brougham with the objects of publishing information to people who were unable to obtain formal teaching, or who preferred self-education. The Society was sometimes mentioned in contemporary sources as SDUK.

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Beautiful map of Surat. Gujarat and Tappi river from 1781

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I have the map on the top, it is kind of non-descript, I know. But I know the city of Surat and sort of felt attracted to it.

The bottom map, is kind of nice. I like maps of these types, where it seems that they captured each tree on the property. It is not accurate description of vegetation on the land, but it not completely random either.

Click on the bottom map to see it in its full glory.

‘Grondtekening van eenen Tuin te Suratte/ Ligging der Suratte aan den vloed Tappi’

Description: Antique map (later hand coloring) of Surat, situated at the river of Tappi in India from Carsten Niebuhr’s Voyage en Arabie & en d’ autres Pays circonvoisins …’, 1781. The right part shows a garden near Surat. Size: The overall size is 14 x 10,5 inch. The image size is 11,5 x 8 inch. Technic: copper engraving. Condition: Very Good; small wrinkle.

 

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Dutch map of South East Asia 1635

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I can’t believe I don’t have this map. I think I bid on it at one of the map auctions, but didn’t win.

It is a gorgeous and important map.

An important Dutch map of South East Asia, noteworthy for being the first map to include, albeit incompletely, the discoveries made by the Dutch vessel Duyfken in 1605-06 in the Gulf of Carpentaria, an expedition which made the first recorded European contacts with Australia. The Australian discoveries of the voyage are not recorded here, only the survey along the coast of New Guinea. The map includes South East Asia in general with all of Malaysia, the East Indies, the Philippines, Indonesia, Indochina and southern China with the Pearl River Delta, Taiwan, and part of Japan. Richly embellished with 3 cartouches, coats of arms, 2 compass roses, a sea monster and 6 sailing vessels.

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Willem Blaeu. “India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adiacentes.” Amsterdam: W. & J. Blaeu, 1640-43

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Willem Blaeu. “India quae Orientalis dicitur, et Insulae Adiacentes.” Amsterdam: W. & J. Blaeu, 1640-43. 16 x 19 3/4. Engraving. Lovely, original hand color. Very good condition. Latin text on verso.

A striking map of India from a series of wonderfully decorative maps by Willem (Guilielmus) Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638), the progenitor of the famous Blaeu cartographic firm of Amsterdam. Blaeu studied astronomy and sciences with Tycho Brahe, and in 1599 established a globe and instrument making business which soon expanded to include cartographic and geographic publishing. This firm was to go on to become the largest and most important cartographic publishing firms in the world, run by his sons Cornelis (until his death in 1642) and Joan. The maps issued by the Blaeu firm are known for their fine craftsmanship and design, and have been called “the highest expression of Dutch cartographical art.” This map, with its excellent original color and clear and precise detail is a premier example of the Blaeu output.

I do have a Bleau map, but not this one. This looks pretty interesting

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AA, P Van der – Antique map of Bangaldesh and Burma 1707

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This is actually a set of three maps and I do have the whole set. Uncolored and very good condition. It shows little mountain range and elephants.

‘ T Koninkrijk van Bengale En Landschappen Aande Ganges Vloed tussen Mogol En Pegu Gelegen.
Author: Aa, P. van der.
PlaceAndYear: Leiden, 1707.
Description: Pieter van der Aa was a prolific publisher. He published a.o. ‘ Naaukeurige versameling der gedenkwaardigste zee- en land-reysen’, a series of accounts of voyages (1706-08) and ‘ Gal
Dimensions: 150 x 225 mm

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SDUK. “Calcutta.” A very detailed map of Kolkata from 1842 – First Edition

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I think I have at least 3 copies of this. The first one doesn’t have any scenes, second one is in good shape, but very green and non-descript and third one (which is the First Edition of this map) has some detailed scenes that are really delightful – not because they show beautiful public buildings, but because they show images of people from Calcutta at that time and how they fit in to the British Raj.

A detailed and precisely drawn map of Calcutta by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding. The Society is noted for their excellent maps, in particular their series of city maps of all parts of the world. These maps show most streets and major buildings. This map of Calcutta is typical of the Society’s output, with clear presentation of much detail of the city. Fort William and the Esplanade are prominent in the east, with the maze of streets of the city proper shown bounded by the “New Circular Canal.” A key identifies public buildings and churches. Along the bottom are three vignettes, showing the Writers Building, the Government House, and the Esplanade Row. A fine map of the city from near the middle of the nineteenth century.

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[First edition.] Fine, original, steel-engraved plan of Calcutta, by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), published as part of the Society’s Atlas in 1844, in London, by Chapman and Hall. The SDUK began its map publishing project under the leadership of Captain Francis Beaufort R.N. in 1829, and published the maps in parts, haltingly, over the next 15 years, completing the series in 1844, finally permitting the publication of a whole atlas. Many of the maps were actually drawn by Beaufort, who at the time was the Hydrographer to the Royal Navy, and all were closely supervised by him. J. & C. Walker worked closely with Beaufort in engraving the maps. The idea for the town plans, of which the SDUK published many dozens, was that of W. B. Clarke, an architect, who became an enthusiastic advocate for the plans, and who executed most of them himself, often on the basis of personal on-site observations. The plans are highly decorative, and often have accompanying vignettes, or sketches of the main buildings. Finely engraved, the plans set a standard of excellence for commercial map-makers in England for decades to come. Dimensions 16 1/4″ x 13 1/2″ overall. Excellent condition. High bidder pays 9.00 shipping and handling.

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