SDUK Map of LiverpoolSKU: 9212
SDUK Map of Liverpool
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33 x 40.5 cm
Liverpool, reduced by permission from Mr Gage’s elaborate survey
Steel engraving, 33 x 40.5 cm, engraved by Thomas Starling, original hand colour, numbered in an old hand, blank verso.
This map of Liverpool was reduced from Michael Alexander Gage’s trigonometrical plan of the city which was also engraved by Starling and published earlier in the same year. The map is illustrated with architectural elevations, and a view and plan of Liverpool as it appeared in 1729.
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.