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Auction 168, Lot 275

Important Revolutionary War Map

"Plan of the Encampment and Position of the Army Under His Excelly. Lt. General Burgoyne at Swords House on Hudson's River Near Stillwater...", Faden, William

Subject: Colonial Saratoga, New York, Revolutionary War

Period: 1780 (dated)

Publication: A State of the Expedition from Canada…

Color: Black & White

13.5 x 12.4 inches
34.3 x 31.5 cm

This detailed and uncommon battle plan shows the placement of British and American forces during the first part of the Battle of Saratoga (also called the Battle of Freeman's Farm) in September of 1777. The two battles were fought nineteen days apart and were a critical turning point in the war. After the Americans' triumph over General John Burgoyne's troops, Louis XIV officially recognized the revolutionary effort and began offering military aid. France's involvement turned the American Revolution into a global conflict. The map is from John Burgoyne's A State of the Expedition from Canada..., published in London. This example does not include the overlay that shows the troops' positions after the battle. These overlays were located at the end of the atlas and could be hinged to the map. 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 (Biblio) #53; Nebenzahl (American Revolution) #20; Phillips (M) p. 835.

Condition: B+

A nice impression on watermarked paper with a few minor archivally repaired fold separations and edge tears and a couple spots of minor soiling. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso.

Estimate: $950 - $1,200

Sold for: $700

Closed on 6/6/2018