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Captain Lanselles (active 1758)

Sandershausen, 1758

[A collection of five engraved plans of the Battle of Sandershausen 23 July 1758.] c.1758

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured. Each map with accompanying letterpress text, (except for the fifth, the text to which appears to be missing); tied together to form a small booklet; two ties, one missing. It is possible that the plans were engraved on one long copperplate and then cut up. Similarly, it is possible that the text was also printed on one sheet and then cut up. Plates (i.e. maps) are numbered 1 to 5. | Scale: 1:35,400 approx. | RCIN 732073.b

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Five maps of the Battle of Sandershausen, 23 July 1758. Seven Years War (1756-63)

The set contains the following maps:

Map 1: 
Title: [top left, in rectangular panel:] CASSEL ET SES ENVIRONS / Pour l'Intelligence du Terrain ou / s'est donné le Combat a la vue de / cette Ville le 23 Juillet 1753. [Top right, outside border:] N.o 1.

Creators: [bottom, inside neatline:] Levé et Dessiné par de Lanselles Cap.e de Cav.e A. de C. de M.gr le P.ce de Soubise.

Additional text: [top left, below title in title panel:] Nota. / Les Tableaux suivants contiennent les diffe- / rends insuvements des deux Corps d'Armées / et leurs détails.

The map is followed by letterpress text: COMBAT DE SANDERSHAUSEN, PRÈS DE CASSEL, / entre l'avant-garde de l'Armée de Soubise aux ordres de M. le Duc / de Broglie; Lieutenant Général, & le corps des troupes Hessoises, / commandées par M. le Prince d'Ysembourg. / le 23 Juillet 1758. [Followed by:] Explication des chiffres du Tableau si-dessus.

Map 2: 
Title: [taken from letterpress text on facing page:] Premiere position des deux Armées. [Top right of map, outside border:] N.o 2.

Creator: [bottom left of map, inside neatline:] de Lanselles.

The map is preceded by letterpress text on the left facing page giving the explanation to the letters and numbers on the map and includes details of the First and Second Lines of the order of battle and the expositions of the French and Hessian troops. The map is a skeleton outline showing only the rivers, streams and main roads as well as troop positions.

Map 3:
Title: [taken from letterpress text on facing page:] Mouvemens après la premiere position des deux corps d'Armées. [Top right of map, outside border:] N.o 3.

Creator: [bottom left of map, inside neatline:] de Lanselles.

The map is followed by letterpress text on the right facing page, giving a key, 1-7, A-I, K-P, to the actions and positions of the troops during their preparations to move. The map is the same skeleton outline as no. 2, with different troop positions.

Map 4:
Title: [taken from letterpress text on facing page:] Suite des premiers mouvemens. [top right of map, outside border:] N.o 4.

Creator: [bottom left of map, inside neatline:] de Lanselles.

The map is preceded by letterpress text on the left facing page, giving a key, 1-6, a-i, k-l, to the different troop positions on the map. The map is the same skeleton outline as nos 2 and 3.

Map 5:
Title: [No title; accompanying text appears to be missing. [Top right, outside border:] N.o 5

Creator: [bottom left of map, inside neatline:] de Lanselles.

The map is based on the same outline map as nos 2-4 with the addition of other topographical details such as woods, hachures, and place-names. The key to the letters and numbers on the map is missing.

  • Captain Lanselles (active 1758) (surveyor and draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Bunch of grapes

  • Scale: 1:35,400 approx. Scale bar: Echelle de 1200 Toises [34 mm =].

    12.8 x 10.5 cm (booklet)

  • Assigned title:

    [A collection of five engraved plans of the Battle of Sandershausen 23 July 1758.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Sandershausen 23 July 1758.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Sandershausen 5 petits Plans du Combat de Sandershausen, pres de Cassel, entre l’avant garde de l’Armée de Soubise aux ordres du Duc de Broglie, et le Corps de Troupes Hessoises commandées par le Prince d’Ysembourg; le 23 Juillet 1758 par le Cap.e de Lanselles.

  • 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)

    Sandershausen, Hesse, Germany (51°19'00"N 09°33'00"E)

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