Auction 150, Lot 259

Important Revolutionary War Map

"Plan of the Encampment and Position of the Army Under His Excelly. Lt. General Burgoyne at Swords House on Hudson's River Near Stillwater...", Faden, William

Subject: Colonial New York, Revolutionary War

Period: 1780 (dated)

Publication: A State of the Expedition from Canada…

Color: Hand Color

13.4 x 12.4 inches
34 x 31.5 cm

This detailed and uncommon battle plan shows the placement of British and American forces during the Battle of Saratoga in September and October of 1777. The two battles were fought nineteen days apart, and the interesting overlay at top right shows the before/after positions of the first battle. The map is from John Bourgoine's A State of the Expedition from Canada..., published in London. Faden's maps of the American Revolution are particularly well presented because he based them on manuscript maps supplied to him from the war zone.

References: Nebenzahl (Biblio) #53; Nebenzahl (American Revolution) #20.

Condition: B

Light even toning with some darker toning along two folds creating a 6" section of minor weakness which has been backed on verso with archival tape. There is a short 0.75" binding tear and a small edge tear confined to the lower blank margin which have both been closed with archival material.

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,300

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/17/2014