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Auction 167, Lot 68

"Plan des Hafens und Festung Louisburg auf der Insul Cap Breton...", Raspe, Gabriel Nikolaus

Subject: Cape Breton Island, Canada

Period: 1762 (circa)

Publication: Schau Platz des Gegenwaertigen Kreigs...

Color: Hand Color

14.1 x 8.4 inches
35.8 x 21.3 cm

This uncommon German plan depicts the second siege of the Fortress of Louisbourg, the French fortified settlement on Cape Breton Island. War broke out between France and England in 1744, and a large number of maps were produced to describe the areas involved. The French lost Louisbourg to a determined British army, but the treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle returned Louisbourg to the French in 1748. But in 1758, Louisbourg was once again besieged by the British, and in 1760 the fortress was leveled. Published in the aftermath, this plan commemorates that final siege. It includes a key that locates the barracks, various batteries, and more.

References: Kershaw #926.

Condition: B+

Original color on a watermarked sheet with some light damp stains at bottom and minor toning.

Estimate: $200 - $250

Sold for: $150

Closed on 3/28/2018