(B18) Title: “Eastern Islands or Malay Archipelago,” published in London by Baldwin & Cradock for the “Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (1836). Lithograph, hand colored in outline. Image size is approx. 15 ½ x 12 ½ inches (approx. 39 x 32 cm). Matted and shrink wrapped. Mat size is approx. 20 ½ x 17 ½ inches (approx. 52 x 44 cm).
Discussion: The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (roughly 1826 to 1848) published a variety of mostly scientific material designed to be accessible to the working and middle class. It promoted self-education and the sharing of knowledge. More than 200 maps were published over the course of their existence. This map of the Malay Archipelago prominently shows Borneo at the center, with the following text: “Borneo produces gold, tin, diamonds, camphor, spices &c. Interior unknown, but inhabited by the aboriginal Dayaks & the coasts by Malays & Chinese. Borneo is 3 times larger than Great Britain & divided into several independent states. Probably population, 3,000,000.”
Condition: There are a few light wrinkles and slight age toning along edges. Image remains bright and clean. Overall condition is about Very Good+.