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HD Gerlach (active 1762)

Map of Kassel, 1762 (Kassel, Hesse, Germany) 51°19'00"N 09°30'00"E 1763 or later

Engraving and etching; printed on paper; hand coloured | Scale: 1:22,500 approx. | RCIN 733064

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A map of Kassel and environs, besieged by the Allied army from 18 August, and surrendered by the French on 1 November 1762. Seven Years War (1756-63). Oriented with north-north-east to top (cardinal points).

Another example of this map is at RCIN 732001.y. Prince Frederick Augustus (1740-1805) was in 1763 made a Lieutenant-General (by which title he is addressed in the dedication of this map) in the Prussian Army under the command of his uncle, Frederick II (the Great) of Prussia (1712-86).

  • HD Gerlach (active 1762) (surveyor) [top left, below title and text, in title cartouche, surveyor:] levé par H: D. Gerlach. Lieutenant / du Genie et Aide-de-Camp du Prince.

    Jakob van der Schley (1715-79) (engraver)

    Pierre Gosse Jr (1718-94) (publisher)

    Daniel Pinet (active 1762-86) (publisher) [bottom centre, between border and platemark, engraver and publishers:] Grave Sous la Direction de J.v. Schley, et Publié a La Haye aux Depens de PIERRE GOSSE junior & DANIEL PINET, MDCCLXIII.

  • Watermark: Shield and letters as in Heawood 3268; countermark: D & C BLAUW

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: induced discolouration; surface dirt along right edge

  • Scale: 1:22,500 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 1500 Pas [54 mm =].

    84.0 x 58.4 cm (neatline)

    85.1 x 58.8 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    85.5 x 59.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / du SIEGE de / CASSEL, / avec les Travaux et les Tranchées des Alliés devant cette Place, Commande par S:A:S: Monseigneur / LE PRINCE FREDERIC AUGUSTE / DUC de BRUNSWIC et de LUNEBOURG, Lieutenant General et / Chef Commandant des Trouppes de Brunswic, depuis le 18. d’Aout: / jusqu’au 1. Novembre 1762. où la Place se rendit / S. A. fit ouvrir la Tranchée la nuit du 16. au 17. d’Octobre. [top left, in rococo cartouche, embellished with the artefacts of war]

    Additional text:

    [top left, below title, in title cartouche, a key, A-I, K-S, X-Z, to the camps, entrenchments, etc, of the Brunswick troops]; [top right, in rococo cartouche, a list of the regiments in the three camps from 18 August to 6 September; 6-14 September, and 13 October to the beginning of the siege:] RENVOY.


    George III heading: Cassel 18 Aug. - 1 Nov. 1762.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [left centre, red pencil:] 13/123; [left centre, black pencil:] XVII/[?] [and] XVII/[?]; [right centre, black pencil, erased:] Cassel.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Cassel Plan du Siege de Cassel, avec les Travaux et les Tranchées des Alliés devant cette place commandé par le Prince Frederic Auguste Duc de Brunswic et de Luneburg, depuis le 18 d’Aout jusqu’au 1 1762, ou la place se rendit: levé par le L.t H. D. Gerlach, chez Gosse et Pinet, 1763.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Kassel, Hesse, Germany (51°19'00"N 09°30'00"E)

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