Impressive large map of Madrid with some buildings at the bottom
Date of this map: 1844 (published by Baldwin & Cradock in 1844)
Dimensions (not including margins): 31 x 37 cm
Condition: excellent. Steel engraving on strong paper. Centre fold as published. Old colouring. Wide margins.
Condition rating: A+
From publication by The Society for The Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), London 1844
The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), was founded in 1826, mainly at the instigation of Lord Brougham, with the object of publishing information to people who were unable to obtain formal teaching, or who preferred self-education.
SDUK publications were intended for the working class and the middle class, as an antidote to the more radical output of the pauper presses. The society set out to achieve this by acting as an intermediary between authors and publishers by launching several series of publications. It was run by a committee of eminent persons, and had a close association with the newly formed University College of London. Its printers included Baldwin & Cradock, later succeeded by Charles Knight. The Society commissioned work and dealt with the printers, and finally distributed the publications; profits were used to continue the Society’s work.
Unfortunately it was sort-lived and wound up in 1848.