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Auction 161, Lot 331

Important Revolutionary War Map

"Plan of the Position which the Army under Lt. Genl. Burgoine Took at Saratoga on the 10th of September 1777...", Faden, William

Subject: Colonial New York, Revolutionary War

Period: 1780 (dated)

Publication: A State of the Expedition from Canada…

Color: Hand Color

18.8 x 8.5 inches
47.8 x 21.6 cm
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The second battle of Saratoga proved to be the demise of Lt. General Burgoyne’s campaign as the British troops surrendered to General Horatio Gates on October 17th, 1777. This major turning point strongly contributed to France’s joining the war and becoming America’s first European ally, and eventually assured the success of the Americans.

The map, with north oriented to the right, shows the British troops just north of Fish Kill. Gates' army is depicted on the south bank of Fish Kill while Dan Morgan’s riflemen are shown to the north and west of the British positions. The map uses hand color to depict the troop positions and is from John Bourgoine's A State of the Expedition from Canada. 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 (American Revolution) #23; Nebenzahl (Biblio) #57.

Condition: B+

Issued folding with very faint offsetting and a 1" binding tear at left that has been archivally repaired on verso. The binding trim at lower left has been replaced with old paper.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400


Closed on 2/8/2017