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Georg Josua du Plat (1722-95)

Maps of Germany, 1757 1757 or later

Folio volume in full red leather binding, with maps in pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | 37.2 x 24.9 cm (folio dimensions) | RCIN 732201

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A volume of manuscript plans of encampments of George II's German troops in Germany, together with plans of the Battle of Hastenbeck, in Germany, 1757. Seven Years War (1756-63)

This volume of plans by Georg Josua du Plat appears to be the original set from which the plans in RCIN 732200 were copied. The detail of the plans is similar; any significant difference is noted. For more information on both volumes, see RCIN 732200.

G.J. du Plat states that these maps were drawn on the spot (dessiné au pointe de Vue). Taking into consideration that it is probable that the sketches and/or surveys for the maps were made in the field at the time of the events in 1757, an execution date of 1757 or later has been assigned to the maps, bearing in mind that it is possible that these fair copies were compiled from the field data at a later date.

Folio volume in full red leather binding; upper board with 10 mm gold tooled border made up of an outer line of dog tooth pattern and an inner line of fleurons with a fleur-de-lys at each corner. An inner rectangular gold tooled panel with an outer line of semicircles and an inner line of different fleurons, a fleuron at each corner, contains the title in gold hand-finished letters: 'LA CAMPAGNE / EN ALLEMAGNE / 1757.' Lower board with same decoration but lacking title. Spine with six raised bands with two gold lines to each side and a single fleuron between; no lettering. Marbled paper pastedown front and back. Gilt head, fore and tail edges. Except for title page, there are no pages of text; thirty-one numbered plans on twenty pages including three foldouts. The plans of camps are drawn two to a page except RCIN 732201.aj; most of them appear to be the originals from which those in RCIN 732200 were copied.

  • Georg Josua du Plat (1722-95) (surveyor and draughtsman)

  • Watermark: C & I HONIG (on flyleaf); fleur-de-lys

    Condition: spine of binding very worn and torn; edges of boards worn

  • 37.2 x 24.9 cm (folio dimensions)

    36.8 x 24.0 cm (page dimensions)

  • Annotations:

    George III heading: Encampments in Germany 1757.

    Other annotations: [recto of front flyleaf, in Mason's hand, bottom left, black pencil:] VIII/34; [verso of front flyleaf, top left, black pencil, erased:] 5 I; [top left, black pencil, written over the erased '5 I':] 6 K 3; [top left, black pencil:] XII/3-2 Military.; [top left, black pencil, in a different, later hand:] 4/16-4. [Verso of back flyleaf, bottom right, black pencil:] 33.

    K. Mil. dummy sheet:

    Title [ink:] Receuil des Camps de l'Armée Allemande de Sa Majesté Britannique, commandée par le Duc / de Cumberland, l'année 1757: dessiné a point de Vue par G.J. du Plat. MS. / One Volume Folio ... [black pencil:] 5 J 3 / [black pencil:] UL I IB 3b / [old heading, red ink:] Encampments in Germany 1757 / [black pencil, in a modern hand:] missing. 
    Watermark: fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, the scrolled letter W below. 
    Size: 48.3 x 33.3 cm (sheet).

    George III catalogue entry:

    Encampment Receuil des Camps de l’Armée Allemande de Sa Majesté Britannique commandée par le Duc de Cumberland l’année 1757: dessiné a point de vue par G.I. du Plat. MS. Fol. [The same entry appears under the heading Germany.]

  • 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)

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