Plan of the Town and Harbour of Mahon,St. Philip's Castle, and its Fortifications.
For Mr Tindal's Continuation of Mr Rapin's History of England. [London, James & Paul Knapton, 1751.]
Engraved map. 380 x 625mm (15 x 24½"). Very fine impression with original binding folds, narrow margins, as issued.
A map of Mahon Harbour, Minorca, the British Navy's base in the Meditterranean. Of interest is the depiction of the redoubts of Fort St Philip, the most expensive fort ever built by the British. During the Seven Years' War the island was taken by the French (1756), but returned to Britain in the Treaty of Paris. In 1782 the French and Spanish took Fort St Philip again, demolishing it to stop it being used again. The nearby Fort Marlborough survived and is a modern tourist attraction. Nicholas Tindal (1687-1774), at one time Chaplain to Greenwich Hospital, first published a translation of Frenchman Paul de Rapin's 'History of England' in 1727, running to thirteen volumes; in 1732 it was enlarged with his own notes and maps. This map was published in 'A summary of Mr Rapin de Thoyras's History of England, and Mr Tindal's Continuation, from the Invasion of Julius Caesar, to the End of the Reign of King George I. Illustrated With Medals, Plans of Battles, Towns, and Sieges', 1751.
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