1833 S.D.U.K. Map of New South Wales, Australia
Description: This is a fascinating 1833 map of New South Wales, Australia, by the S.D.U.K. It covers the eastern Australia from Trial Bay to Bateman Bay. Although the coastlines are accurately mapped, much of the interior remains relatively unknown. Several notes throughout note the speculative inland topography, including 'Level and scrubby stunted Iron bark', 'Barren rocky hills with some Cypress', 'Extensive Plains of Red Sand', etc. An inset in the lower right quadrant of the map details Sydney from the New South Wales Almanac. This map was created based on the surveys of the Australian Agricultural Company and the routes of Allan Cunningham, the noted British explorer and botanist.
Published in 1833 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: 1833 (dated)
Source: Maps of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, (London: Baldwin & Cradock), 1833.
References: Rumsey 0890.156. Phillips (Atlases) 794.
Cartographer: John Thomson was one of the leading masters of the Edinburgh school of cartography which flourished from roughly 1800 to 1830. Thomson & his contemporaries (Pinkerton & Cary) redefined European cartography by abandoning typical 18th century decorative elements such as elaborate title cartouches and fantastic beasts in favor of detail and accuracy. Thomson's principle works include the "Thomson's New General Atlas" published from 1814 to 1827 and his "Atlas of Scotland". The "Atlas of Scotland", a work of groundbreaking detail and dedication would eventually bankrupt the Thomson firm in 1830. Today Thomson maps are becoming increasingly rare as they are highly admired for their monumental size, vivid hand coloration, and superb detail. Click here for a list of rare maps from John Thomson.
Size: Printed area measures 14 x 16 inches (35.56 x 40.64 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 1750000
Condition: Very good. Blank on verso.
Code: NewSouthWales2-sduk-1833 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: Speculative Cartography , SDUK , Sydney