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1831 Warsaw (Warszawa)

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Date: 1831 (Published) London

Dimensions: 12 x 15 inches (33 x 38.1 cm)

This interesting map of Warsaw, Poland was published in 1831 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, also referred to as SDUK.

The map is a highly detailed bird’s eye view of the city showing the city boundary as of 1764 in yellow. At that time the city was almost entirely on the west side of the Vistula River. Today it occupies a large territory on both sides. The walled fortifications of the city are highlighted in red. Fifteen of the city’s major buildings are drawn in miniature just below the plan of the city.

The SDUK was founded in 1828 by Henry Peter Brougham, an idealistic British nobleman. The aim of the society was to promote self-education and egalitarian sharing of knowledge by providing instruments of learning such as maps and various other publications. Despite being affiliated with London University and various major publishing houses, the Society ultimately failed to achieve its goal as the publications were too costly for the targeted middle to lower class echelons of British society. At the same time, its publications were not grand or fine enough to appeal to the aristocracy.

Condition: This map is in A condition with original hand coloring.

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