Western division of Paris. Eastern division of Paris.
1834 (dated) 16 x 21.5 in (40.64 x 54.61 cm)
1 : 16000
This is a beautiful 1834 map or plan of the city of Paris, France by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. Centered on the Seine River, the map covers the embastilled center of Paris in beautiful detail. Streets, parks, bridges, monuments, rivers and important landmarks are noted throughout. Predates the Eiffel tower. The lower border depicts the many important monuments and buildings in profile. These include Notre Dame, Palais du Louvre, Hotel de Ville, Theatre Odeon, etc. Published by Baldwin & Cradock of Paternoster Row, London, for the S.D.U.K. atlas.
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, Chapman and Hall, 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 initially published by Baldwin and Cradock and sold by subscription from 1829 to 1844. 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 cost effectiveness. 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.
Baldwin and Cradock (fl. c. 1810 - 1860) were London based publishers working in the early to mid 19th century. They are best known for their publication of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge's ground breaking subscription atlas. They also published John Thomson's magnificent New General Atlas from 1814 - c. 1820. In addition to their cartographic corpus, the firm had wide ranging publishing interests in many other areas, including books, broadsides, and an investment in Blackwoods Magazine. They had their offices at 47 Paternoster Row, London, England.
Very good. Two sheets, joined. Minor wear along original centerfold. Minor foxing and edge wear.
Rumsey 0890.194, 0890.195.