Auction 145, Lot 561

"A Plan of the City of Prague Capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia with the Prussian Camp", Anon.

Subject: Prague, Czech Republic

Period: 1757 (published)

Publication: London Magazine

Color: Hand Color

6.8 x 4.4 inches
17.3 x 11.2 cm

This detailed plan of the Battle of Prague was published just a few months after the conflict. On May 6, 1757, Frederick the Great sent his Prussian army to regain control over Prague and the surrounding area from the Austrians. The plan shows the positions of the two opposing armies, and identifies the artillery, reserves, batteries, and mortars of the Prussian army. Although Frederick was successful in forcing the Austrian army to retreat behind the city walls, the Prussian army suffered substantial casualties and therefore no longer had sufficient manpower to take over Prague. Oriented with north to the left with a simple compass rose, and adorned with a decorative title cartouche. Although there is no engraver's signature, this map was likely engraved by Thomas Kitchin.

References: Jolly #LOND-120.

Condition: B+

A small chip at bottom of map image has been professionally repaired, with a small amount of neatline in facsimile and minor loss of engraved key below neatline. Bottom margin has been professionally extended with old paper to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $160 - $190

Sold for: $80

Closed on 6/12/2013