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[Detailed large-scale map of the Pyrenees during the Peninsular War]
A Map of the Pyrenees and the Adjacent Provinces by Roussel, and Blottiere with additions from Torfiño, and Lopez. London: Arrowsmith, January 1809. Dissected and laid on linen in two sections, total 1040 x 2340mm, with marbled slipcase. Paper lightly toned, some faint ink offset.
A superbly-detailed antique map of the Pyrennes and envrions, orientated with north to the bottom right, published at a time when the French army had been driven back through Spain to the borders of France. Napoleon himself took over command in October 1808 and fought back against the Spanish and British armies. However his enthusiam burnt out quickly in the face of determined opposition from the Spanish, and Napoleon handed back command to his generals in January and left Spain. The focus of the war then returned to Portugal. Captain Roussel and François La Blottière started surveying the Pyrenees in 1718 and published their eight-sheet map in 1730. Their was still the best source for Aroowsmith eighty years later.