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Homann's Heirs (1724-1848)

Battle of Czaslau and Order of battle of Prussian and Austrian armies, 1742

Les Environs de Czaslau avec le Plan de la Bataille d. 17 May 1742 entre les Autrichiens & les Prussiens published 1742

Engraving; printed on paper; hand-coloured | Scale: 1:16,000 approx. | RCIN 728038.b

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A map of the Battle of Czaslau (also known as the Battle of Chotisitz or Chotusice), fought on 17 May 1742 between the Austrians, commanded by Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine (1712-80) and the Prussians, commanded by Frederick II of Prussia (Frederick the Great; 1712-86), resulting in a Prussian victory. First Silesian War (1740-42): part of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Oriented with south to top.

The Battle of Czaslau was won by the Prussians whose march routes and encampments are shown in blue; those of the Austrians are coloured yellow. The battle was fought on ground between Czaslau and Chotusitz (Chotusice, Středočeský Kraj, Czech Republic 49°56'56"N 15°23'39"E). Kuttenberg (Kutná Hora, Středočeský Kraj, Czech Republic 49°56'54"N 15°16'05"E) lies to the north-west.

One of four maps printed from separate copperplates on the same sheet of paper. This map is located top right. The other three are: 'Kriegs Karte von Schlesien 1741' (RCIN 728038.a); 'Repræsentation der den 10.t April 1742 bey dem Dorf Molwitz ... Action' (RCIN 728038.c); 'Theatre de la Guerre en Boheme' (RCIN 728038.d).

  • Homann's Heirs (1724-1848) (publisher) [bottom right, outside border:] zufinden bey den Homännischen Erben. 1742.

  • Watermark: The letters LM in a tablet

    Condition of whole sheet: one fold line. Verso: bottom centre, water stained and abraded patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: 1:16,000 approx. Scale bars: Scala Milliarium. Leuca Gall: 25 in gradu [34 mm = ½]; Milliare Geographicum [57 mm = ½].

    27.2 x 32.7 cm (neatline)

    30.1 x 34.4 cm (image)

    30.7 x 36.8 cm (platemark)

    54.3 x 63.2 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Les Environs de Czaslau avec le Plan de la Bataille d. 17 May 1742. entre les Autrichiens & les Prussiens. [top, outside border]

    Printed title:

    Schlacht der Oesterr: u. Preussen bey Czaslau der Haupst: im Czaslauer Kr: im Königr: Böhmen. [bottom, outside border]

    Printed title:

    ad N.o 21. Erlang: Zeit / Extr. [top right, outside border]


    [top right, in rectangular panels, the orders of battle of the Prussian army, under the command of Frederick II, and the Austrian army commanded by Prince Charles of Lorraine.]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K, to the positions of the Austrian and Prussian armies from 15-17 May.] [Right, in rectangular panel, a key, G-I, K, to the positions of the left wings of the Prussian and Austrian armies, and the locations of other actions between the two armies.]


    George III heading: Battle of Czaslau, 17 May 1742.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil, erased:] [?1740]; [bottom right, black pencil:] 22; [bottom right, black pencil:] Boheme; [bottom centre, black pencil:] 46; [right, centre, red pencil:] 46; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 7/4[?].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Silesia Kriegs Karte von Schlesien, 1741. Repræsentation der den 10 April 1741 bey dem Dorf Molwitz ohnweit Brieg vorgegangenen Action. Theatre de la Guerre en Boheme representé pour l'Histoire en 1741 et 1742. Les Environs de Czaslau avec le Plan de la Bataille du 17 May 1742 entre les Autrichiens et les Prussiens: chez les Heretiers d'Homann, 1742.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints of Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Čáslav, Středočeský Kraj, Czech Republic (49°54'39"N 15°23'23"E)

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