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RASPE, Gabriel Nikolaus. [The Battle of Nauheim, during the Seven Years' War]
Plan der Action bey Friedberg zwischen denen Franzosen u: Allürten den 20. August Aº 1762. Nuremberg, Raspe, c.1762. Original colour. 215 x 305mm. Stitch holes in left margin.
A scarce map of the Battle of Nauheim (or Johannisberg) during the Seven Years' War, published in Raspe's 'Schau Platz des gegenwaertigen Kriegs' (Plates illustrating the Current Wars). After their defeat at the Battle of Wilhemsthal on on June 24, 1762, the French iwithdrew across the Fulda and dug in to a defensive position to wait for the Prince de Condé's army to join them. Ferdinand, the Prince of Brunswick, moved the opposing Allied army to try to keep the two French armies apart. This battle, was fought for control of the high ground at the Johannisberg. The allies had to withdraw after considerable loss.
[Ref: 12949]    £125.00 ($161 • €143 rates)


COVENS & MORTIER. [A rare silk campaign map of the Russo-Austrian-Turkish War (1735-9)]
Theatrum Belli ad Borysthenem Tyram & Danubium Fluvios gesti A.o MDCCXXVIII. St Petersburg: Imperial Academy of Science & Amsterdam: Covens & Mortier, c.1738. 550 x 670mm. Splits to folds reinforced on verso.
A rare printing on silk of this uncommon, separately issued map of Moldavia and Ukraine, extending from Hungary to the Crimea. It was published by the Russian Royal Academy of Science for the Russo-Austrian-Turkish War (1735-9). The Russians had two main objectives: stopping the raids of the Crimean Tatars into the Ukraine and, more importantly, gaining access to the Black Sea. The war started well, with armies under Field Marshal Burkhard Christoph von Munnich & General Peter Lacy (born in Ireland) capturing a number of important fortresses, including Azov, Perekop & Karasubazar. However the defeat of Austria and the threat of both plague and war with Sweden forced the Russians to the negotiating table, where they gave up its claims to Crimea and Moldavia in the Treaty of Nis. Printing a map on silk made it much easier to carry, so it is likely that it was issued for officers in the Russian army to keep in their pockets. The silk could take more punishment than paper, being folded more easily and not weakened when wet. However not being stored within protective boards in a rich man's library make them less likely to survive. Thus examples of silk maps of this age are extremely rare.
[Ref: 11718]    £4,000.00 ($5,156 • €4,564 rates)

SUKHTELEN & OPPERMAN. [Detailed folding map of the 'Patriotic War of 1812']
Carte Des Gouvernements Européens de l'Empire de Russie avec les parties voisines de la Russie Asiatique de la Turquie de l'Atriche, de Varsovie et de la Pruße réduite d'après la grande carte publiée au Dépôt Impérial a St. Petersburg. Vienna & Pesth, Department of Art and Industry, 1812. Original outline colour. Dissected and laid on linen, total size 1520 x 1280mm. With marbled paper slipcase, worn.
A large and detailed map of Russia, based on the survey by General Quartermaster von Sukhtelen & Major General Karl Oppermann, a monumental work on 100 sheets, published in St Petersburg 1801-4. This edition was published the year of Napoleon's ill-fated invasion of Russia.
[Ref: 11739]    £1,200.00 ($1,547 • €1,369 rates)

VALLARDI, Guiseppe and Pietro. [Detailed folding map of the 'Patriotic War of 1812']
Nuova Carta del Teatro della Guerra. Milan, 1813. Original outline colour. Dissected and laid on linen, total size 590 x 920mm. With marbled paper slipcase with engraved label.
A large and detailed map of the theatre of Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812, his greatest mistake. The map covers from Berlin and Dresden east to Moscow and Kiev, marking the important roads for both the routes of the the army and the later supply lines, and the sites of all the battles.
[Ref: 11738]    £600.00 ($773 • €685 rates)

 St Petersburg 

WYLD, James. [Plan of the defences of Kronstadt during the Crimean War]
Cronstadt in the Baltic with the Fortifications, Batteries & Range of the Guns, &c. London: Wyld, 1854. Lithographic map with original hand colour. Printed area 250 x 470mm. Very fine condition
A separately-issued plan of the Russian fortress island of Kronstadt, built to defend the approaches to St Petersburg, Russia's only northern port open all year. On the outbreak of the Crimean War in 1854 an Anglo-French fleet was sent to blockade St Petersburg. The fleet was expected to attack Cronstadt, but Admiral Napier judged this suicide, an understanable conclusion when you look at this plan, so made no attempt. At the end of the campaign season Napier was removed from his command because of this 'failure'; however after the war the Russians admitted they were hoping he could be lured to destruction under their artillery.
[Ref: 14116]    £200.00 ($258 • €228 rates)

 Decorative Items 

DAILY MAIL PUBLISHING. [Handkerchief published to raise money for the families of Boer War Soldiers]
The Absent-Minded Beggar. London, the Daily Mail Publishing Co. Ltd, c.1899. Linen handkerchief printed in blue, c. 440 x 440mm.
A printed handkerchief published by the Daily Mail to rise funds for the 'Soldiers' Families Fund' after the outbreak of the Second Boer War (1899-1902), the first charitable effort for a war. The map shows the theatre of war, around the South African Republic (the Transvaal) and the Orange Free State. The two portraits are of Lord Roberts, commander of the British Troops, and Queen Victoria, the British Monarch for the first half of the war. The poem, 'The Absent-Minded Beggar' by Rudyard Kipling, was specially commissioned for the Fund, and was given a musical score by Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame). Despite Roberts' portait being entwined in the title, the absent-minded beggar of Kipling’s poem is the British 'Tommy' (private soldier), forgetfully leaving their dependents in need while fighting for their country. The Daily Mail paid Kipling £250 for the poem, which he donated to the fund, as did Sullivan with his £100 payment. Soon afterwards Kipling was offered a knighthood, which he declined. It was not Kipling's favourite work: in his autobiography he wrote that it 'lacked poetry' and became 'wedded... to a tune guaranteed to pull teeth out of barrel-organs'. This did not stop it being a huge success, giving the fund the nickname, 'the Absent-Minded Beggar Relief Corps', and helping it raise £340,000 by the time it was wound up in 1903. Not only was it published worldwide (the New York Journal paid $25 for the privilege), it was recited by actresses including Lily Langtree and Lady Maud Beerbohm Tree. Organising the fund was a coup for the Daily Mail, which had been founded only in 1896. This campaign capitalised on the jingoistic mood of the British public and the paper's circulation soared to over a million issues a day by 1902, the highest in the world. The handkerchief was published by The Graphic and is probably the most famous item of British ephemera produced during the South African War.
[Ref: 16054]    £350.00 ($451 • €399 rates)

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