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Description: This finely engraved original hand coloured antique map a plan of the Siege of Douay (Douai) in the Flanders region of The Netherlands - during the 1704-13 Spanish War of Succession - was published in 1745 by Nicholas Tindal in "Tindal's Continuation of Mr. Rapin's History of England".
Background: A large and very fine battle plan showing both siege and works against this fortified city in Flanders and the detailed dispositions and battle lines of Lord Marlborough's army against the French attempt to lift the siege in June 1710. This siege taking place during the Spanish War of Succession in which Spain lost many possessions both in Europe and the New World.
Paul Rapin de Thoiras was a Frenchman responsible for publishing ten elaborate volumes on the History of England Histoire D’ Angleterre published between 1724-27. In 1745 his work was translated and updated by Nicholas Tindal and called “Tindal’s Continuation of Mr. Rapin’s History of England”. Included with the English edition of Rapins work was an atlas containing 45 maps, battle plans and town plans of the Spanish War of Succession (1701-13) engraved by Richard William Seale and John Basire. Richard William Seale was an engraver and publisher from London responsible for publishing a number of fine and detailed maps of the continents between 1744-47. (Ref Tooley M&B)
General Description: Paper thickness and quality: - Heavy and stable Paper color: - off white Age of map color: - Early Colors used: - Yellow, red, green General color appearance: -Authentic Paper size: - 20in x 15 ½in (505mm x 390mm) Plate size: - 19in x 15in (485mm x 380mm) Margins: - Min ½in (12mm) Imperfections: Margins: None Plate area: Folds as issued Verso: - None