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Auction 142, Lot 284

"Plan du Siege d'York et de Gloucester par les Armees Alliees en Septembre et Octobre 1781", Ramsay, David

Subject: Virginia

Period: 1787 (published)

Publication: Histoire de la Revolution d'Amerique

Color: Black & White

7.6 x 8.4 inches
19.3 x 21.3 cm
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This map shows fine detail of what was the last major battle of the American Revolution. It depicts the positions of the forces involved, including a key to the precise positioning of British warships. Headquarters of the principals are located, including those of Washington, La Fayette, Rochambeau and Clinton. Shown also is the Moore House ("Maison de Moore") where the opposing sides met to draft the Articles of Capitulation surrendering York and Gloucester to the victorious Continental Army.

David Ramsay was one of the first major historians of the American Revolution. This map, engraved by French royal geographer Charles Picquet, is from the first French edition of Ramsay's account of the war where he participated as a field commander and surgeon. He was twice elected to the Continental Congress from South Carolina.


Condition: A

Issued folding on watermarked paper with faint offsetting and a couple of extraneous creases. Narrow but adequate original top and bottom margins.

Estimate: $550 - $650

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/28/2012