Battle plans from Hist of England
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Battle Plans from Rapin de Thoyras History
Bethune
Aire
Douay
Ypres
Barcelona

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SERIES OF PLANS OF TOWNS, CITIES AND BATTLES
 Published in: Nicholas Tindal The continuation of Mr. Rapin de Thoyras's History of England from the revolution to the accession of King George II. J.J. & P. Knapton, London 1732-51.

Rapin de Thoyras's History of England was translated into English and published by Nicholas Tindal in London between 1725-31. Tindal was chaplain to Sir Charles Wager in the Baltic in 1726. During this time he published the first of fifteen volumes of his Translation. He was later Chaplain to Greenwich Hospital. They appeared in the fourth volume of Rapin de Thoyras'  History of England, as continued by Nicholas Tindal.
 Each of these highly decorative battle plans was engraved by Isaac or James Basire and mainly depict a fortified town or city and the surrounding countryside, with troop emplacements, entrenchments. Many have decorative title cartouches or explanations and are embellished with canon, carriages, ships, mortar and ordnance trajectory lines or general battle scenes, all are titled beneath the plan.
 Printed on a double folio sheet measuring approximately 16 x 19" with approx 1/2" margins. These handsome plans are becoming much sought for framing and decoration, apart from their considerable historical relevance.
Vide. BM. 694.N4

Bethune battle plan sm
Plan of  BETHUNE.
Bethune a strong town in the earldom of Artois  in the Low Countries subject to the French.

 Hand coloured. Copper engraved plan. Showing inundation areas, entrenchments, fortifications  ordnance trajectory lines. Scale of English feet, compass rose and rococo title oval, embellished with flags and ordnance. I. Basire.
The Mediaeval town seems to have suffered at the hands of every European conflict, including the later two world wars. This fine plan represents its siege during the Thirty Years War.

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Plan of BETHUNE Uncoloured
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Battle plan Aire

 Plan of the city of AIRE and of FORT ST. FRANCIS with a view of St. Venant [inset]
 Explanation, scale bar, Shows fortifications, topographical features, ordnance trajectory lines, redoubts, moats.  Hand coloured Copper engraved plan. Basire eng.
The town was besieged in 1676 by Vauban and retaken for France, although it remained a Spanish possession until the 14th April 1713,when Aire [sur-la-lys] was returned to the kingdom of France by the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. King Louis XIV gave permission to build a new and more prestigious Town Hall, in recognition of the suffering of the city during the siege of 1710 under Dutch occupation.

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Plan of the city of AIRE and of FORT ST. FRANCIS with a view of St. Venant [inset]  Uncoloured.

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battle plan Douay 

Intrenchment of the army of the Allies to cover the siege of DOUAY (Douai) against the French army that came to raise it in June 1710.
 Hand coloured.Copper engraved plan, compass rose. Shows line of circumvallation, intrenchments, French and Allied troop emplacements,  fortifications,  topographical features. I. Basire. 

 Another much besieged town over the ages. Between 1710 and 1712 the town was almost completely destroyed.
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Intrenchment of the army of the Allies to cover the siege of DOUAY (Douai) against the French army that came to raise it in June 1710. Uncoloured.
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 Battle plan Ypres

YPRES a strong city and castle in Flanders. Restored to the Emperor by the Treaty of Utrecht.
Uncoloured copper engraved plan. Shows fortifications, inundations, moats,  scale bar, compass rose. Engraved by I. Basire. 

During the The war of the Spanish Succession, the Duke of Marlborough  in 1709 intended to capture Ypres, at the time a major French fortress, but changed his mind owing to the long time and effort it had taken him to capture Tournai and apprehension of disease spreading in his army in the poorly drained land around Ypres. Under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht (1713) it was handed over to the Habsburgs, and became part of the Austrian Netherlands.
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Battle plans Barcelona

Plan of the city of BARCELONA
Uncoloured copper engraved plan. Scale bar compass rose. Shows fortifications, siege batteries,  redout, intrenchments, lighthouse, ships on the Mediterranean,  Engraved by I. Basire. 

 Sarah Churchill duchess of Marlborough finally lost favour with Queen Anne, but it was decided that her husband the Duke, would continue his campaign in Europe whilst Parliament secretly sued for peace with the French. The allied campaign eventually concluded with the Treaty of Utrecht 1713. A pivotal location in 1711 Barcelona was one of the pawns during the War of the Spanish Succession, but was eventually spared a siege.

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