Auction 162, Lot 262

"Sketch of Bunker Hill Battle [with] History of Bunker Hill Battle. With a Plan", Annin & Smith

Subject: Boston, Massachusetts

Period: 1826 (published)


Color: Black & White

18.7 x 12.1 inches
47.5 x 30.7 cm

This uncommon plan of the battle of Bunker Hill by Samuel Swett was engraved by Annin & Smith and published by Munroe & Francis. It is based on Thomas Hyde Page's plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Although the battle resulted in a British victory and loss of control of Boston, the campaign was considered one of the first steps towards American Independence. Page served as aide-de-campe to General Howe during the action. His plan was first published by Faden and later in Charles Stedman's History of the American Revolution. The map shows cannon fire, lines of attack, British landing places, and British ships in the Charles River. Charlestown is noted as burned down.

The map is accompanied by Swett's History of Bunker Hill Battle... (59 pages) along with a 30 page Notes to his Sketch.... Octavo, paperback with tan wrappers.

References: Phillips (Maps) p. 181.

Condition: B+

Condition code is for the folding map which is clean and mostly bright with faint toning and a 1" binding tear at right that has been closed on verso with archival tape. Text has light toning and scattered foxing, with the last few pages moderately toned. Paper wrappers are stained and held together along the spine with archival tape.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $220

Closed on 4/26/2017