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Edward Castle (active 1695-1717)

Gibraltar, 1704-05

A PLAN of the TOWN CASTLE and BAY of GIBRALTAR with an Exact View of all the Enemyes Approaches 1705 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:7,300 approx. | RCIN 725043

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A map of Gibraltar showing the layout of the town and fortress and the siegeworks of the Spaniards during their attempt to retake Gibraltar from the British between 22 October 1704 and 20 March 1705. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with east to top.

  • Edward Castle (active 1695-1717) (bookseller)

    Mortier: Strand, London (David Mortier (1673-1728)) (mapseller) [bottom left, below key:] LONDON Sold / by EDW.d CASTLE near Whithall and / DAVID MORTIER Book Map and Print / Seller at ye Sign of Erasmus’s Head near / the Savoy in the Strand.

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: two fold lines. Verso: remains of guard; top left: water-stained patch, shadow and ghosting from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label: VOL. IV / 14

  • Scale: 1:7,300 approx. Scale bar: Scale of 1200 feet [50 mm =]; scale bar on small-scale map of Gibraltar: Miles [49 mm =] 4.

    18.0 x 44.2 cm (neatline)

    29.1 x 44.6 cm (image)

    29.4 x 45.1 cm (platemark)

    30.0 x 46.1 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    A PLAN of the TOWN CASTLE and BAY of GIBRALTAR with an Exact View of all the Enemyes Approaches. [across top of map, outside border]

    Additional text:

    [below map, in three panels:] Remarks on the Taking / Gibraltar by the English [1-7]; Explanation of the Seige by the / French and Spaniards [A-Z; a-c; J and U not used.] [Two smaller-scale maps, bottom right, below main map:] The BAY of GIBRALTAR [and] A Chart from ENGLAND to the Streights.


    George III heading: Gibraltar 22. Oct. 1704 - 20 March 1705.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [left, on face of map, ink:] The Siege of this Town lasted 5, Months by the French / and Spaniards, ground being opened before it, October / 22d, 1704, and the Siege raised March the 20th / following; The distance from Gibraltar / to Port Mahone is 525 Miles the bearing / E.N.E. and West South West the circum- / ference of the Island of Minorca, 120 / Miles.; [top right, black pencil:] 5. (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] 18; [bottom left, black pencil, faint:] [?E 2]; [top, left of centre, ink, crossed out in ink:] 17; [centre, red pencil:] 14.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gibraltar A Plan of the Town, Castle and Bay of Gibraltar, besieged by the French and Spaniards from the 22.d of Oct.r 1704 to the of March 1705: sold by E. Castle and D. Mortier.

  • 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)

    Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory (36°08'00"N 05°21'00"W)