SDUK Philadelphia 1840


“Philadelphia.”  London: SDUK, 1840.  14 3/4 x 11 3/4.  Engraving.  Very good condition.

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An original antique city map by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK), a detailed and precisely drawn map of Philadelphia.  This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of understanding.  The Society is noted for its excellent maps, in particular their series of city maps of all parts of the world.  These maps show most streets and major buildings.  This map of Philadelphia is typical of the Society’s output, with clear presentation of much detail of the city.  Several railroads are indicated in red, and two vignettes are included, of the U.S. Bank and the Merchant’s Exchange.