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1832 Munich (Munchen)

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Date: 1832 (Published) London

Dimensions: 12.75 x 15 inches (32.4 x 38.1 cm)

This handsome map of Munich was published in 1832 by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, also referred to as SDUK.

In German the word 'Munchen' means ‘home of the monks’, and was probably derived from a Benedictine monastery founded in the 8th century CE near the present site of the city. The map depicts the path of the ancient city walls of which there were still significant remnants, along with the system of moats which added further protection to the city. Many gardens and a sizable wooded area are denoted. The plan of the city is highly detailed with streets and significant sites all named. The map is embellished with a panoramic view of the city taken from the east across the Isar River which runs through the city. The view shows a late-medieval appearing city, depicting the city's appearance at the time the map was drawn.

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 and full margins on all sides.

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