1832 Sduk Pompeii Site Town Plan Map Genuine Old Antique Italy Vesuvius Volcano
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1832 Sduk Pompeii Site Town Plan Map Genuine Old Antique Italy Vesuvius Volcano:
"Pompeii, Published under the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge."A fine plan of the Pompeii site, with the imprint at the bottom "Published by Baldwin & Cradock, 47, Paternoster Row. July 1832." Engraved by TE Nicholson.
A small, modest imprint bottom left tells us that this map was drawn by WB Clarke. He designed many of the maps in this SDUK series, travelled extensively throughout Europe, spent his early years in Rome, and made a particular study of Pompeii. This is therefore a serious map, with 55 'notes' down the right hand side, and Clarke's contribution deserves more than this small reference bottom left.
A wonderful summation of Pompeii, with an inset map showing the position relative to the town of the Volcano, and the dates of each of the Lava streams, a detailed map of the town with attractive original handcolouring, images of the principal buildings as they were before the disaster, and, at the bottom a fine panoramic view of the devastated town.
Pompeii would, of course, have been a prime destination for those embarking on a Grand Tour of Europe.
The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge was set up in 1826 under the auspices of Lord Brougham, the aim being to provide at a reasonable cost material for those self-taught, or unable to obtain a formal education. It published a large number of maps, ranging from countries to city plans.
This is a genuine antique map that would frame up nicely. A 'must' for anyone with a love for Italy, and an interest in the history of this place.
Size: the sheet measures approx. 42cms x 35cms.Condition:Slightly browned at the edges. Small tear at the bottom repaired neatly on the back. A bit ragged at the top edge, where taken out of an atlas. The map itself and the panoramic view in very good condition with attractive original handcolouring.
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