Auction 154, Lot 228

"Sketch of the Action on the Heights of Charlestown June 17th 1775 between his Majesty's Troops, under the Command of Major Genl. Howe, and a Large Body of American Rebels",

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1818 (circa)

Publication: Analectic Magazine

Color: Black & White

20 x 13.5 inches
50.8 x 34.3 cm

This detailed sketch of the military action of Bunker Hill (Breeden's Hill) is filled with information. Charlestown has the note "set on fire when the Redoubt was Stormed." Good detail depicts troop and ship placement, topography, lines of fire, troop movements, and more. Published at a time of great interest in the American Revolution, when many maps of battles appeared in books and magazines, including this example from the Analectic Magazine. The title notes the map was copied by I. A. Chapman from the original taken by Henry de Berniere of the 14th Regiment of Infantry and now in the hands of J. Cist Esq. Large table gives eighteen references keyed to the map. Engraved by Kneass, Young & Co., Isaac A. Chapman. A rarely offered battle plan from this seldom seen Philadelphia-based magazine.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 181.

Condition: B

Issued folding with uneven toning, especially at bottom right and top left where the map folded into the magazine, and light offsetting. A binding trim at lower left has been replaced with old paper, and two edge tears that just enter the image have been closed on verso with archival tape.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/16/2015