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Western Australia / Tasmania

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Western Australia / Tasmania : S. D. U. K.

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A later edition of a detailed nineteenth-century map of Western Australia and Tasmania, published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. The Society was founded by John, Earl Russell, and Henry Brougham, later Lord Chancellor of England in 1827. The Society's main purpose was to encourage universal literacy, by publishing books of good quality that would be affordable to the poor. Perhaps the grandest of their publications was their atlas, originally entitled "Maps Of The Society For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge". It was first issued by Baldwin and Craddock, and then re-issued by other publishers, here Charles Knight and Co. The map was engraved by J & C Walker whose imprint appears at the lower right of the map. This map has been up-dated with the addition of new counties and settlements, and notably has the map's title, originally Van Diemen's Land, changed to Tasmania. Negligible old library blind-stamp at lower left corner otherwise fine.
mapmaker: S. D. U. K.
place and date of publication: London 1833 - c.1880
medium and colour: steel plate, Original outline colour
size in mm: 320 by 390mm (12.5 by 15.25 inches).
ref: 42849

Price: £ 160

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