SDUK 1877 – large map of India in 13 map set

sduk_large map

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:

bengal_sduk

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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2 Responses to “SDUK 1877 – large map of India in 13 map set”

  1. Mrs. Anuprita Mathure says:

    Interesting and very informative collection.

  2. v r reddy says:

    Dear Mr sunny.
    i am a researcher and historian of local history from south India .No doubt your collection is fabulous and am interested to know more about your collection.if you can send me some maps of south India it will be of great help in my research on coastal India.
    i will be very much obliged to acknowledge you.

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