C1845

Valetta, the Capital of the Island of Malta. Corsica and Sardinia. Balearic Islands (Las Baleares)

Mapmaker:

John Walker (1813 - 1873)

$A 450

In stock

S/N: SDUK-045-TP-MALTA–227230
(F22)
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Full Title:

Valetta, the Capital of the Island of Malta. Corsica and Sardinia. Balearic Islands (Las Baleares)

Date:

C1845

Mapmaker:

John Walker (1813 - 1873)

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving with original hand colouring

Image Size: 

370mm 
x 305mm

Description:

Town plan of Valetta, the capital of Malta with maps of the Balearic Islands, Corsica, Sardinia.

The city of Ajaccio, the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte, is located on the western coast of Corsica. Since 1530, Malta had been ruled by the Knights Hospitalier, a religious order which fled Rhodes in 1522 under threat of persecution from the Ottomans. Valetta, the capital, was founded in 1566 during the reconstruction of the islands after the Great Siege of Malta, when the Maltese successfully defended the islands against Ottoman invasion. The order became known as the Knights of Malta and ruled the islands captured by Napoleon in 1798. Malta was ceded to the British at the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

Published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

Biography:

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge was founded in 1826 and was a London organisation that published inexpensive but high quality maps intended to adapt scientific and similarly high-minded material for the rapidly expanding reading public. It was established mainly at the instigation of Lord Brougham with the ambition of publishing information to people who were unable to obtain formal teaching, or who preferred self-education.  Particularly the town plans that were produced often included beautiful and intricate vignettes of the cityscape.  Importantly, SDUK (as it is often called) recorded the latest discoveries in Australia and America at the height of the European exploration of both nations. It received quite a lot of criticism from scholars and the elite due to its progressive influence in education reform; however despite its opposition, the forward-looking ideals of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge played a meaningful part in nineteenth-century educational history

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