SDUK Map of the Environs of EdinburghSKU: 9111
SDUK Map of the Environs of Edinburgh
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31.5 x 41 cm
Copper engraving, 31.5 x 41 cm, original hand colour in outline, right and left hand margins trimmed close to printed area, numbered in and old hand, blank verso.
The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge was founded in 1826 with the high-minded aim of making 'useful' information available to self-taught members of the working and lower middle classes. Some of the material was decidedly abstruse, subscribers fell away and the Society was wound up in 1848; however, the series of 209 maps published over a 14 year period from 1829 onwards were highly praised for their superior quality, accuracy and aesthetic appeal and remain an outstanding achievement.