1745 France


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Original mid-18th century copperplate engraved birds eye view and plan of the French city of Aire-sur-la-Lys, a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France

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Also depicted is Fort St Francis and Fort St Venant – used by Lord Marlborough during the Spanish War of Succession (1701-1713).

The Duke of Marlborough never lost a campaign during this time, but the war ended in the failure of the Grand Alliance’s aim, to prevent Louis XIV’s Bourbon dynasty from taking the throne of Spain. It was restored to the French by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. The title contained within the fine decorative cartouche is self-explanatory Aire. A very strong City and Castle in the LOW COUNTRIES, in the Earldom of Artois, taken by the Allies in 1710 but restored to the French by the TREATY OF UTRECHT. Engraved by Isaac Basire

Paul de Rapin (March 25, 1661 – 1725), sieur of Thoyras (and therefore styled Thoyras de Rapin), was a French historian writing under English patronage. The son of Jacques de Rapin, an avocat at Castres (Tarn), he was educated at the Protestant academy of Saumur, and in 1679 became an advocate, but soon afterwards joined the army. The revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685, and the death of his father led him to come to England; but, unable to find work there, he went on to the Netherlands where he enlisted in a company of French volunteers at Utrecht, commanded by his cousin, Daniel de Rapin. He accompanied William III to England in 1688, and during the Williamite war in Ireland he took part in the siege of Carrickfergus and the Battle of the Boyne, and was wounded at the Siege of Limerick (1690). Soon afterwards he was promoted to captain; but in 1693 he resigned in order to become tutor to the Earl of Portland’s son. After travelling with the boy, he settled with his family (he married Marie-Anne Testart in 1699) in Holland, first at the Hague, then, to save money, at Wesel, in 1707. It was at Wesel that he began his great work, L’Histoire d’Angleterre. Volume I contained, in five books, an account of Britain from the time of the Ancient British down to the Norman Conquest, and made an unusually thorough attempt for its time to rally the various principal sources. Volume II (Books VI-VIII) Covered from William the Conqueror to Henry III; Volume III (IX, X and XI), Edward I to Henry V; Volume IV (XII to XIV), Henry VI to Henry VII; Volume V (XV), Henry VIII; Volume VI (XVI & XVII), Edward VI to Elizabeth, and Vol VII (XVIII), James I and Charles I. It was printed at the Hague in 1724, with illustrations and allegorical endpieces designed and engraved by F.M. La Cave, and with a dedicatory epistle to King George I. The written style is lucid and effective. Although written in French this work was produced for the endorsement of the British monarchy, and at the time of its publication, for the House of Hanover. The original version was almost the only English History available in France in the first half of the eighteenth century.

Rapin’s History was translated in the early 18th century by the Rev Nicolas Tindal. Tindal, the nephew and heir of Dr Matthew Tindal, the eminent deist. Totalling 14 volumes, Tindal began this great task as a chaplain to the Royal Navy, as attested in his Forward to an early volume. He added large numbers of informative notes throughout the volumes, which were illustrated with engravings, maps and genealogical tables of great quality. This Map being part of this magnificent famous translation.


Dimensions 50 × 40 cm
Map Maker

BASIRE, Isaac / RAPIN de Paul / TINDAL Nicolas

Dimensions with Mount

70 x 60cm


Plan of the City of Aire and of Fort St Francis with a View of St Venant


Mr Tindal’s Continuation of Rapin’s History Of England


London c1745


Excellent condition. Hand colouring.

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