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William Faden (1 July 1749-21 March 1836)

Siege of Copenhagen, 1807

A PLAN OF THE CITY OF COPENHAGEN, WITH THE ADJACENT GROUND. / Shewing the POSITIONS of the several BATTERIES, erected by the British during the Siege in September, 1807, COMMANDED by Lieutenant General LORD CATHCART, &c. published 4 Dec 1807

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; hand coloured. The eastern extension of the map is engraved on a separate copperplate, printed on a separate piece of paper, and pasted to the right side of the map, forming a flap. The letterpress text is printed on the same sheet as the main map. | Scale: 1:13,750 approx. | RCIN 735136

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A map of the siege of Copenhagen, 23 August to 6 September 1807. Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815). Oriented with west to top (compass rose).

A detailed topographical map of Copenhagen and its surroundings showing the layout of the city and the British positions during the siege which lasted from 23 August to 6 September 1807.

The siege of Copenhagen was also known as the Second Battle of Copenhagen, or, the Bombardment of Copenhagen. The 'Rocket Stations' referred to in the letterpress text, under the heading 'Disposition with the Field Pieces during the Siege', refer to Congreve's rockets, developed at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich from 1801, and based on experiences in the Anglo-Mysore Wars. During the siege, Copenhagen was burnt by an attack in which the British used over 14,000 missiles, including about 300 Congreve Rockets. The result of the siege was that the Danish navy surrendered to the British.

  • William Faden (1 July 1749-21 March 1836) (publisher) [top, below title, outside border:] London: Publish'd December 4.th 1807, by W.FADEN, Geographer to His Majesty, and H.R.H. the Prince of Wales; Charing Cross.

  • Watermark: 1801

    Condition: two fold lines, some offsetting of the same image on the recto as a result of the map having been stored folded

  • Scale: 1:13,750 approx. Scale bar [133 mm =] 2000 Yards.

    46.4 x 68.6 cm (neatline)

    63.3 x 78.4 cm (image)

    [cropped] x 80.2 cm (platemark)

    64.0 x 84.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A PLAN OF THE CITY OF COPENHAGEN, WITH THE ADJACENT GROUND. / Shewing the POSITIONS of the several BATTERIES, erected by the British during the Siege in September, 1807, COMMANDED by Lieutenant General LORD CATHCART, &c. &c. [top, across top of map, outside border]

    Additional text:

    [left, down left side of map, outside border, a key, 1-146, continued down right side of map: 147-280, to the buildings and street names of Copenhagen:] EXPLANATION OF THE FIGURES [bottom, below map, an engraved order of battle:] LIEUTENANT GENERAL LORD CATHCART COMMANDER IN CHIEF. [Bottom, below order of battle, letterpress text printed on the same sheet:] Description of the several Batteries, Trenches, &c. formed by the British Army for the Siege of Copenhagen, from August 23, to Sept.6, 1807.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Copenhagen Sep. 1807.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil:] An authentic Account of the Siege of Copenhagen. 8.vo - 5 H 7

    George III catalogue entry:

    Copenhagen A Plan of the City of Copenhagen with the adjacent ground, shewing the positions of the several Batteries erected by the British under the command of Lieut. General Lord Cathcart during the Siege in September 1807: published by Faden, 1807. An authentic Account of the Siege. 8.vo

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Copenhagen, Capital Region, Denmark (55°40'33"N 12°33'55"E)

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