London: Chapman and Hall, 1840.
Map. Engraving. Sheet measures 16" x 13.5". Some light foxing and staining. In very good condition.
This detailed map by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge or SDUK depicts the entire continent of Australia in 1839, including Van Diemen's Land or Tasmania. Incredibly detailed along the coastlines, the interiors are relatively unmapped, reflecting the lack of knowledge of the region. The colony of South Australia, which was established in 1834 is the only colony showing a border, though other colonies are identified along with dates of establishment. Several notations also identify the names of explorers who discovered these lands along with the dates of discoveries.
Copyrighted in 1840 and published by Chapman and Hall for the SDUK's. The map is in good condition with minor foxing and minor edge wear.
The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge was formed in 1826 and published low cost maps with the goal of reaching a large market, while still maintaining high quality and precision.
Illustrator: J. & C. Walker
Condition: Very Good