1745 Spain


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Original mid-18th century copperplate engraved birds eye view and battle plan of Cardona in Catalonia.

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The map depicts the City and Castle as besieged by the French and defended by the allies, (known as the Grand Alliance) during the Spanish War of Succession (1701-1713). Legend top left with a full explanation of the French’s positions and locations during the siege. The siege lasted for 42 days in 1711. The French lost nearly 2500 men, 22 guns and 4 mortars and a large quantity of ammunition and other material. The allies lost around 300 men. The commander Major-General Count Eckh died on 23 December only one day after the French withdrew their troops. Engraved by Isaac Basire

The aim of the Grand Alliance was to prevent Louis XIV’s Bourbon dynasty from taking the throne of Spain. The war ended with the Treaty of Utrecht being signed in 1713.

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 Cardona, a sftong City and Caftle of Catalonia, upon the River Cardoner as befieged by the French and defended by the Allies.


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


London c1745


Excellent condition. Hand colouring.

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