Auction 139, Lot 552

"Plan of the Town and Fortifications of Gibraltar, Exactly Taken on the Spot in the Year 1738", Tindal, Nicholas

Subject: Gibraltar

Period: 1745 (circa)

Publication: Mr. Tindal's Continuation of Mr. Rapin's History of England

Color: Black & White

23 x 14.3 inches
58.4 x 36.3 cm

This bird's-eye plan shows the British fortifications of Gibraltar in great detail. The rococo cartouche encloses a key to 40 locations. Wonderful sailing ships are precisely engraved in the surrounding sea. The plan illustrates the strategic peninsula during a dispute between Spain and Great Britain over commerce between Europe and the Americas. It shows the Spanish fortifications that were built across the upper end of the peninsula, effectively blockading the town and British fort.


Condition: B

Fine impression on a sturdy sheet of laid paper. Top margin is trimmed with slight loss of neat line.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $200

Closed on 2/15/2012