Auction 150, Lot 509

"Retreat of the French Army, from Moscow, to the Banks of the Neimen Engraved for Sir Robert Ker Porter's Narrative",

Subject: Eastern Europe

Period: 1815 (circa)

Publication: A Narrative of the Campaign in Russia...

Color: Hand Color

Size:
17.7 x 16.1 inches
45 x 40.9 cm

This map is an interesting bit of military history, tracing the retreat of Napoleon's severely weakened Grande Armee from Moscow in late 1812. The map extends as far as St. Petersburg in the north down to below Ovruch in Ukraine, and includes the Baltic states, much of Poland, all of Belarus, and Russia out to Ryazan. The routes of the Grande Armee and its detachments are shown in detail, as are the movements of the Russian army. Armies are represented by colored rectangles, and battles are marked with crossed swords. Napoleon's failure in Russia was a major turning point in the Napoleonic Wars, devastating not only the leader's army, but his reputation and ambitions as well.

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Condition: C+

Issued folding with several mis-folds on a toned sheet with a few fold separations and short splits at fold intersections. There are light stains in the image and small chips and tears along the sheet's edges. There are some old manuscript notations in the title cartouche.

Estimate: $120 - $150

Sold for: $110

Closed on 9/17/2014

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