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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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Indiam extra Gangem 1695

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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

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SDUK Ceylon : 1830 Steel engraved

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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.

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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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Tabula Asiae IX : Basel map from 1545

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North India and Pakistan

Title: Tabula Asiae IX

Artist: Muenster, Sebastian

Published: Basel

Date: 1545/52

Size: [25,2 x 34 cm]

Technic: Woodcut, uncolored.

Description: Woodcut map from “Geographiae Libri VIII …” published in Basel at Heinrich Petri.

Notes: A very good impression, in excellent condition.

Condition: Excellent

Reference:

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Mallet miniature map 1719

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A few years ago, a friend of mine (hi Neeraj!) needed some legal work to be done. I wrote up the contracts etc for him, more as a favor and in appreciation he got a few maps for me. A couple of Belin maps and a couple of Mallet miniature maps. Sweet.

Only recently I learned of a series of other pictures and maps of India that Mallet published. And the map that I really want is that of Agra. I think I bid on it once, but didn’t get it; I am sure I was lowballing it.

These are really small maps; less than half of a letter page, so they are not that impressive or anything, but they are cute and pretty.

Copper-engraving, handcolored in wash and outline. Decorative engraved map showing the Indian subcontinent with the neighbouring countries in the Indian Ocean

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