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Pieter [Pierre] de Hondt (c.1696-1764)

Battle of Prague, 1757

PLAN DE LA BATAILLE, / gagnée par SA MAJESTÉ le ROI de PRUSSE, sur l’Armée AUTRICHIENNE, aux Ordres de S.A.R. le Duc Charles de Lorraine, / près de PRAGUE, le 6 May 1757 1758

Etching and engraving; letterpress text printed on one sheet of paper | Scale: 1:26,200 approx. | RCIN 732010

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A map of the Battle of Prague, fought on 6 May 1757, between the Prussians under the command of Frederick the Great (1712-86), and the Austrians, commanded by Charles of Lorraine (1712-80), resulting in a Prussian tactical victory. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with north to top (compass rose).

  • Pieter [Pierre] de Hondt (c.1696-1764) (publisher) [bottom, below letterpress text:] A LA HAYE, CHEZ PIERRE DE HONDT, 1758.

    LWF von Oebschelwitz (active 1756-66) (draughtsman) [bottom right, between neatline and platemark:] L.W.F. von Oebschelwitz delin.

    Jakob van der Schley (1715-79) (engraver) [bottom left, between neatline and platemark:] J.V. Schley direx.

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield suspending a beehive, the name C & I HONIG below; countermark: crowned monogram GR

    Condition: one fold line; creased. Verso: bottom, right of centre, water-stained patch and shadow from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label with a faint indication that the cipher label was printed in red

  • Scale: 1:26,200 approx. Scale bar: Echelle d'¼ de Lieuë de Boheme [46 mm =].

    28.9 x 43.9 cm (neatline)

    42.2 x 49.2 cm (image)

    31.4 x 45.8 cm (platemark)

    29.5 x 44.3 cm (image of map alone)

    42.5 x 53.9 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN DE LA BATAILLE, / gagnée par SA MAJESTÉ le ROI de PRUSSE, sur l’Armée AUTRICHIENNE, aux Ordres de S.A.R. le Duc Charles de Lorraine, / près de PRAGUE, le 6 May 1757. [above map, outside neatline, letterpress]

    Additional text:

    [below map, letterpress text, keys to the map detail, 1-9, A-I, K-T, and I-VI.] 

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Prague 6 May 1757.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Prague Plan de la Bataille gagnée par le Roy de Prusse sur l’Armée Autrichienne aux ordres du Duc Charles de Lorraine pres de Prague le 6 May 1757: par L.W.F. von Oebschelwitz, chez P. de Hondt, 1758.

  • 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)

    Prague, Hlavní Mesto Praha, Czech Republic (50°05'16"N 14°25'14"E)

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