"Plan du Blocus de Prague, Forme par S. M. le Roi de Prusse, du 7 May au 19 Juin 1757", Hondt, Pierre de
Subject: Prague, Czech Republic
Period: 1758 (dated)
Publication: Recueil de Plans de Batailles … de la Guerre de Sept Ans
Color: Hand Color
16.7 x 12.9 inches
42.4 x 32.8 cm
This detailed plan of the Battle of Prague was published one year 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. The plan identifies major buildings, important sites, and the location of the troops with a lettered key. Drawn by L. W. F. von Oebschelwitz and engraved by Jacob van der Schley.
Attractive color on watermarked paper with archival repairs to a short centerfold separation at top and two tears, only one of which enters the image (2" at left).