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Siege of Stralsund, 1715

Plan der Festung STRAHLSUNDT, und dessen nechst anleigende Gegendt. / Wie solche von seiner König: Majest: in Preussen, und dero hohe Allÿrte Anno 1715 den 15 Julÿ berennet, und mit einer Contre = / Vallations Linie... 1715 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; gilt edges | Scale: 1:11,700 approx. | RCIN 726090

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A map of the siege of Swedish-held Stralsund, under the command of Charles XII of Sweden (1682-1718) from 12 July-24 December 1715, by Danish, Saxon and Prussian troops commanded by the Danish General Carl Rudolf, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt (1667-1742), resulting in an Allied victory. Great Northern War (1700-1721). Oriented with north-east to top.

This map shows the detail of the fortifications, together with the layout of the siege trenches to the south-east and south-west of Stralsund, and the lines of circumvallation. There is no explanation to the letters on the map.

This map has been removed from a volume, made about 1719 or later, of manuscript maps and plans of sieges. Other maps, perhaps in a different hand but, apparently from the same volume, are scattered throughout the collection: RCINs [724061], [724090], 725007, 725009, 725011, 725013, 725021, 725023, 725027, 725030, 725032, 725041, [725044], 725045, 725047, [725055], 725074, 725087, 725098, 726007, 726014, 726022, 726041, 726045, 726053, 726065, 726073, 726080, 726086, 727004, 727007, 727011, 727013, 727014.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in shield, crown above, a ‘4’ suspending the letters WR below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 154

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: remains of guard

  • Scale: 1:11,700 approx. Scale bar: Maastab von 400 Ruhten [129 mm =]. 

    50.2 x 71.7 cm (neatline)

    51.0 x 72.4 cm (image)

    52.7 x 74.3 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan der Festung STRAHLSUNDT, und dessen nechst anleigende Gegendt. / Wie solche von seiner König: Majest: in Preussen, und dero hohe Allÿrte Anno 1715 den 15 Julÿ berennet, und mit einer Contre = / Vallations Linie eingeschlossen, demnach attacquiret, und erobert worden. [top centre, in irregularly-shaped panel]

    Additional text:

    [top centre, in title panel, a brief account of some of the events which took place between 19 July and 19 December 1715]; [top right, in rectangular panel, a key, A-I, K, to several churches in town, gates and a sea passage].

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Stralsund 15 July - 21 Dec.r 1715.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink:] 32. (Verso) [top right, ink:] 32; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 6/5; [bottom, right of centre, black pencil:] VII[/?]; [top, right of centre, black pencil, erased and illegible].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Stralsund Plan dessiné de la Ville de Stralsund assiegée par les Alliés et prise le 21 Dec.re 1715.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany (54°18'32"N 13°04'54"E)

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