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:


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.


Indiam extra Gangem 1695


You’d probably laugh at me if I tell you that I have a silver cake server with this map on it! I have no idea how that happened, or how I actually paid real money for it, but there it is.

This is a later map form 1695 based on a map published in 1578, which in turn was based on a map from second of third century.

The reason I liked this map is that it combines old and new; the map is old, but the cartouche on the sides and details look new. By new I mean contemporary based on late seventeen century designs.


Beautiful fresh map of India, the Ganges, and part of Asia by Gerard Mercator, from his rendition of Ptolemy’s Geography. Originally published in 1578, this is is a later (ca 1695) edition from Francois Halma of Utrecht. In extraordinarily good condition — The stipled sea is is adorned with a decorative cartouche, compass rose and several sailing ships. On land are Bactrian camels, nomads, and well-engraved elephants.A single centerfold, as made for inclusion in the atlas folio. Hand-laid paper with chain lines; blank verso. Measurements are of the image; page size is much larger.

Title : Tab.XI Asiae comprehendens Indiam extra Gangem
Author : Mercator, Gerardus
Year : 1695

Edition : 2.00
Size : 32.5x34cm


Beautiful map of Surat. Gujarat and Tappi river from 1781




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.



Dutch map of South East Asia 1635


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.


SDUK Ceylon : 1830 Steel engraved


Indian I and Ceylon – Published under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

London, Baldwin & Cradock, September 1831 [26,3 x 34 cm]
Steel engraving, hand colored in outline when published. This highly decorative map shows India and Ceylon with the Gulf of Manaar.

I have at least two of this series; one is a set of 8 maps and other one is about 5.



Map of Karachi from 1888


Not my fav map, mainly because it is kind of small. about 5″ or so. And the details are kind of strange.

I am looking for a large version of this map. Not this year, but next year I’ll revive my search for it.

issued in Paris in 1883 by Librairie Hachette for Elisee Reclus book ” Nouvelle Geographie Universelle La Terre Et Les Hommes “

Interesting, detailed and decorative small town map of Karachi. On page text, frame ok.

Clean and good condition – printed area 4.5″x 5″ (11x13cm) – plus small margins. Black/white

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