SDUK West Africa I


“West Africa I.” London: SDUK, 1840. Ca. 12 1/4 x 15. Engraving. Original outline hand-coloring. Very good condition.

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Detailed and clearly drawn maps of Africa by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (SDUK). This wonderful English enterprise was devoted to the spreading of up-to-date information and the enhancing of geographical understanding. These precise views of 19th-century geography are splendid examples of the Society’s work. Each region is shown with impressive, precise detail.  This image is of particular interest as it shows a prominent mountain range, “Mountains of Kong,” which does not exist.