SDUK Stars in 6 Maps

£750.00

The Stars in Six Maps, on the the Gnomonic Projection, revised by the Rev. WR Dawes

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Title

SDUK Stars in 6 Maps

Engraver(s)

CLARKE, W

Publisher

Chapman & Hall

Mapmaker(s)

NEWTON, W, SDUK

Place of publication

London

Date of publication

1844

Colour

original

Printed Area Measurements

Six sheets, each approx. 30 x 32 cm

Full Description

Six sequentially numbered steel engraved celestial charts, each approx. 30 x 32 cm, and accompanied by title-page and leaf of explanatory text, designed by W Clarke after W Newton, and engraved by John & Charles Walker; original hand colour, blank verso.

Allegorical images of the various constellations drawn in outline; each star chart uses the Gnomonic Projection and includes all the stars up to the fifth magnitude – those that can be seen with the naked eye. The legend also identifies nebula.

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.