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[An important Russian battle in Ukraine] Plan der Bataille bey Stovutschane in der Moldau... 1739. Germany, c.1740. Coloured. 490 x 650mm.
The Battle of Stavuchany (in Ukraine), fought between a Russian army commanded by von Munnich and the Turks in August 1739, part of Russo-Austrian-Turkish War (1735-9). The Russian victory (despite having double the casualties of the Turks) allowed them to capture the Turkish fortress of Khotyn; however the Austrians withdrew from the war, negating all Russia's military achievements.
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[A broadsheet plan of the Siege of Prague in 1742] Verbesserter Grundriss der Königl. Bohmischen Haupt Stadt Prag mit der Königl. Ungarschen Belagerung und attaquen A. 1742. Nürnberg: Christoph Riegel, c.1750. 590 x 490mm. Binding folds flattened, a few small repairs.
A detailed plan of Prague showing the positions of the Austrian soldiers as they besieged the French army occupying the city during the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-8). Underneath is a view of the Austrian camp as they bombard the city. The siege lasted six months, but a French column of 16,000 men managed to slip past the rather complacent Austrian besiegers and escape. The remaining troops, the ones not able to make the escape, left the city with the honours of war. This plan was originally published during the siege, with no mention of the escape: this state has the word 'Verbesserter' ('improved') added to the title but no other obvious edits.
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RASPE, Gabriel Nikolaus.
[The Battle of Toplitz during the Seven Years' War] Plan von der zwischen einem Kayserl. Königlichen Corps unter dem Fürsten von Loewenstein, und einem Königl. Preussischen unter dem General von Seydlitz bey Toeplitz in Boehmen am 20. August 1762 vorgefallene Action. Nuremberg, Raspe, c.1762. Original colour. 225 x 375mm. Stitch holes in left margin.
A scarce map of the Battle of Toplitz, Bohemia, on 2nd August 1762 (not the 20th) during the Seven Years' War, published in Raspe's 'Schau Platz des gegenwaertigen Kriegs' (Plates illustrating the Current Wars). The Prussians under Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz (1721-73, regarded as one of the greatest German cavalry commanders) moved into Bohemia, and were met by the Austrians under Brigadier Löwenstein, who were in good defensive positons around Toplitz (Teplice). The Prussians attacked at 4pm, but Seyditz had neither sufficient troops or ammunition to dislodge the Austrians and by 8am the Prussians withdrew.
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[Ukraine during the Russian/Ottoman War of 1736-39] Theatre de la Guerre entre les Russes et les Turcs, dans les anneés 1736, 1737, &c. c.1780. Coloured. 410 x 500mm. Binding folds flattened.
A map of Ukraine showing the operations of the Russians in their attempt to procure themselves access to the Black Sea. The campaigns of Burkhard Christoph von Münnich and Pyotr Petrovich Lacy (born Peter Lacy in Ireland!) are marked. The map is marked 'Frontispice", suggesting it is from a history of the war. Rolffsen's name is not in Tooley's Dictionary.
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[Map of the Black Sea with an inset plan of Sebastopol] Carte de la Mer Noire et Plan de Sebastopol. Paris, Bouquillard, c. 1856. Original hand colouring. 185 x 233mm. Backed on to card support, staining to the sheet edges, within title, irregular sheet edges, some loss of text.
Antique map of Crimea and Black Sea, with vignettes of ships and a sea battle, published during the Crimean War.
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GRODEMETZ, Jean David.
[Scarce Dutch broadsheet map of the Bay of Gibraltar] Caerte van de Baey en stadt van Gibraltar. The Hague, Jacob de Jongh, c.1718. 540 x 660mm. Trimmed, corners reinstated, laid on archivist's paper.
A broadsheet antique map of Gibraltar, published at a time of increased tension between Spain and Britain over the Rock. During this time Lord Portmore, governor of Gibraltar 1713-20, greatly improved the defences of the fortress. The title and key are on a letterpress label pasted on.
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[The Relief of Gibraltar by Admiral Leake] Die Gluckliche Entsezung der Haupt Vetung Gibraltar... Augsburg, Jeremias Wolff, c.1720. Etching, 430 x 400mm.
After the capture of Gibraltar by the British and Dutch under Admiral Rooke in 1704, part of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the combined Spanish and French force laid siege to the fortress. This plate shows Admiral Sir John Leake's attack on the enemy's fleet in the Battle of Cabrita Point, 21st March 1705, which broke the siege. The central scene is surrounded by a rococo border with trophies and allegorical figures, with an inset map of the Rock and a German-text description. Bottom right a lion stands on a shield decorated with the fleur-de-lis. The plate was etched by 'I.I.K' after a painting by Paul Decker, and was published by Wolff in 'Repraesentatio belli, ob successionem in Regno Hispanico...', a history of the War of the Spanish Succession.
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[Fortress of Sopot, Albania] Fortezza di Sopoto. Venice: Giacomo Franco, 1598. 100 x 175mm.
Sopot, on the Albanian coast just north of Corfu, published in Rosaccio's 'Viaggio da Venetia a Constantinopoli'. The fortress is shown under siege, with the use of cannon. In 1570-2 the Venetians took control but had to hand it back after the treaty of 1573. This probably represents an Ottoman counter-attack.
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CAMOCIO, Giovanni Francesco.
[Scarce 16th century Venetian plan of Mani] Fortezza di Maina. Venice: Ferrando and/or Donato Bertelli, c.1575. 170 x 225mm.
The Ottoman fortress of Mani, besieged by the Venetians in 1570, taking it and demolishing the walls. This plan was published in Camocio's 'Isole famose, porti fortezze e terre marittime sottoposte alla Ser.ma Sig.ria di Venezia', a description of the places claimed as subject to the Republic of Venice. A later state, with plate number. Not in Zacharakis.
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[Early 19th Century plan of Lefkada during the Republic of the Seven Islands] St Maura. Engrav'd for Luffman's Select Plans. St Maura, an island in the Mediterranean Sea heretofore belonging to Venice, but now forming a part of the Republic of the 7 Islands. London: Luffman, 1801. 135 x 160mm. Paper lightly age-toned.
Plan of the defensive walls of Lefkada, published in Luffman's 'Select Plans of the Principal Cities, Harbours, Forts &c. in the World'. In 1797 the Treaty of Campo Formio ended Venice as a power, dividing its territories between France and Austria, France taking several of the Greek islands in the Ionian Sea, including Lefkada. However the French made themselves so unpopular that the Greeks welcomed a combined Russo-Ottoman fleet which took Corfu and set up the 'Septinsular Republic' in 1800, the first self-government, however limited, that the Greeks had experienced since the end of the Despotate of the Morea in the 1460s. The Republic was short-lived: the Russians handed the islands back to France in 1807 in the Treaty of Tilsit.
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