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Engraved by J & C Walker


Published: Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, London. 1844

Stock code: 55823

Price: £195

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This item is on show at 100 Fulham Road (map)

Benevolent societies with the intention to disseminate knowledge were a distinguishing feature of the Victorian age. SDUK was founded in 1827 by John, Earl Russell and Henry Brougham, later Lord Chancellor of England. The Society published books that were deemed to be of high educational worth but with an affordable price. These fine steel engravings have original hand colouring and are often embellished with vignettes and comparisons of the height of the principal buildings of the city. Map extent: from Athens and Cairo in the west to Aleutian and Bonin Islands in the east; from the Arctic Ocean to Sumatra, Borneo and New Guinea.

Steel engraving. Original outline colour. A tiny wormhole to the centre, otherwise very good condition. Size: 41 x 34 cm. (16 x 13 inches)

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