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Dryden Leach (d. 1776)

Battle of Minden, 1759 (Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) 52°17'00"N 08°55'00"E 1760

Twenty pages; fourteen numbered pages; sigs: B, B2; twelve pages of letterpress text; first and last pages blank on recto and verso; stitched together with marbled paper cover | 24.6 x 19.1 cm (sheet) | RCIN 732111.b

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A printed account, in French, of the Battle of Minden, 1 August 1759. Seven Years War (1756-63)

This journal was published to accompany Major's engraving of William Roy's map of the Battle of Minden; it is a translation into French of the text on Roy's map.

  • Dryden Leach (d. 1776) (printer) [bottom:] A LONDRES, / Imprimé chez DRYDEN LEACH, dans Crane-Court, Fleet-Street. / MDCCLX.

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: some offsetting on the pages, otherwise a good clean copy

  • 24.6 x 19.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    EXPLICATION DU PLAN / DE LA / BATAILLE DE THONHAUSEN. [titlepage:] EXPLICATION DU PLAN / DE LA / BATAILLE DE THONHAUSEN, / Gagnée le premier d’Août / Par l’ARMÉE de Sa Majesté Britannique, / Sous les ORDRES de Son Altesse Sérénissime / LE PRINCE FERDINAND DE BRUNSWICK, / Sur l’Armée de France, / Commandée par le Marêchal DE CONTADES. [half-title]

    Additional text:

    [p.4:] AVERTISSEMENT. / LE PLAN de cette importante Bataille, & le Mémoire / qui l'accompagne, m'ont été envoyés. Un Ami a bien / voulu me prêter sa plume, pour que cette Piéce paroissant en / Fançois pût se répandre hors de notre Isle, & servir de Monument / à la Gloire du Général. & à la valeur d'une Armée, que son / exemple anime à ne craindre point de dangers, & à marcher à / la Victoire. / Londres, le 29 Février, 1760. / THOMAS MAJOR.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Minden 1 August 1759.

    Other annotations: [bottom left of first blank page, black pencil:] XVI/50-b.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Minden Plan of the Battle of Thonhausen gained on the 1.st of August 1759 by His Britannic Majesty’s Army under the command of Prince Ferdinand of Brunswick over the French Army commanded by Marshal Contades: from an actual survey by Captain W.m Roy Eng.r engraved by Tho.s Major, 1760: with a Journal of the motions of His Britannic Majesty’s Army from the 14.th of July to the 2.d of August 1759, and a Relation of the Battle in the margin: and the same translated into French, 4.to.

  • 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)

    Minden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (52°17'00"N 08°55'00"E)

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