1832 S.D.U.K. Map of New England, New York and New Jersey
Description: This is a fine 1832 map of New England, New York and New Jersey issued by the S.D.U.K. The map covers from Waldo County in Maine south as far as the tip of New Jersey and west as far as St. Lawrence County in New York. The states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and parts of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Pennsylvania and New York are included. Important towns, lakes, mountains and other topographical features are noted throughout, with elevation rendered by hachures. Published in 1832 by Baldwin and Cradock of Paternoster Row for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, or S.D.U.K. Although the Society formally closed its doors in 1848, subsequent reissues of the S.D.U.K. atlas were printed well into the 1870s by Chapman and Hall, who acquired the original plates.
Date: 1832 (dated)
Source: Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, (London: Baldwin & Cradock), 1832.
References: Rumsey 0890.133. Phillips (Atlases) 794.
Cartographer: The "Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge" was a Whiggish organization founded in 1828 at the instigation of idealistic British lord Henry Peter Brougham. The admirable goal of the Society was to distribute useful information via a series of publications to the English working and middle classes. It promoted self-education and the egalitarian sharing of all knowledge. While closely tied to the London University and publishing houses on the order of Baldwin and Cradock, and Charles Knight, the Society failed to achieve its many lofty goals in finally closed its doors in 1848. Most likely the failure of the Society resulted from its publications being too expensive for its intended lower to middle class markets and yet not large and fine enough to appeal to the aristocratic market. Nonetheless, it did manage to publish several extraordinary atlases of impressive detail and sophistication. Their most prominent atlas consisted of some 200 separately issued maps published by Baldwin and Cradock and sold by subscription from 1829 to 1837. Afterwards, the Society combined the maps into a single world atlas published under the Chapman and Hall imprint. In its day, this atlas was unprecedented in its quality, scope, and inexpensiveness. Today Society, or S.D.U.K. as it is commonly known, maps are among the most impressive examples of mid-19th century English mass market cartographic publishing available. The S.D.U.K. is especially known for its beautiful and accurately detailed city plans. Click here for a list of rare maps from The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.
Size: Printed area measures 13.5 x 16 inches (34.29 x 40.64 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 1770000
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso.
Code: NewEnglandNY-sduk-1832 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: New England , SDUK