Faden, William

Plan of the Bay Rock and Town of Gibraltar

Plan of the Bay, Rock and Town of Gibraltar from an actual Survey by an officer who was at Gibraltar from 1769 - 1775

DESCRIPTION: This beautifully engraved plan of the Bay and Rock of Gibraltar and Algeciras by William Faden details the disposition of military forces of France, Spain, and England during the great Siege of Gibraltar during 1779 - 1783, specifically in 1782. Details include the town, fortifications and the location and movement of the Spanish fleet's "forty-nine sail of the line", fire-ships, and battering ships

Hydrographic details in this antique map include current flow and numerous soundings. Remarkably extensive hachuring is used throughout the land areas to convey differences in elevation and topography. This chart/map must have required considerable effort by Faden to engrave. Faden promotes the accuracy of the map though his assurance in the title that it is based on a first-hand survey made between 1769 and 1775. Publication date in title of January 26, 1783 by William Faden. Number "24" printed on otherwise blank verso.

CREATOR: Faden, William



BODY OF WATER: Strait of Gibraltar

CONDITION: Good  Somewhat browned, noticeable primarily in the bay. Remnant of binders stub at centerfold with uneven vertical fold also browned.

COLORING: None except oddly, a few of the defensive positions in bottom right quadrant are colored in green.

ENGRAVER: William Faden

SIZE: 28 " x 20 "


PRICE: $750


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