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Table of Contents from the SDUK atlas
12020-04-30T17:26:04-04:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f591second page of the table of contents for volume 1plain2020-04-30T17:26:04-04:00Kelly O'Neilldc20b45f1d74122ba0d654d19961d826c5a557f5
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12020-04-30T16:13:59-04:00E-Sib10An engraved map with hand-colored boundaries produced by one of the 19th century's key influencers in the realm of geographical knowledgeplain2020-05-04T20:30:33-04:001838An engraved map - a mass-produced map, in fact - with hand-colored boundaries. E-Sib is a sheet in the first volume of a two-volume series published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (affectionately known as the SDUK). As you can see from the Table of Contents for the SDUK publication, Kamchatka (map 92) is separated from European Russia by pages and pages of maps of Turkey (meaning the Ottoman Empire), Greece, and the Persian Empire.
But once you flip through those many pages and land on the E-Sib map, you notice immediately that the placenames are all in English. This is not only because the map was made by men who spoke English themselves, but also because the SDUK was an organization devoted to producing "inexpensive maps to encourage broad use in education" - the education of subjects of one of the biggest empires the world has ever known. In other words, this map was produced by one of the most prominent 19th century influencers in the realm of geographical knowledge.
E-Sib includes a new level of information about the volcanic nature of Kamchatka in the form of elevation readings (given in yards) and notes on which volcanoes are active, which are smoking, and which are extinct.
One of the SDUK's sources was the Piadyshev map (did you see the note just outside the southwestern corner of the map's neatline?).
The Kamchatkan Sea that had been placed west of the peninsula on the Maxima map is now on the east of the peninsula (with the Sea of Okhotsk to the west).