Woodcut covering the coastline from the Lizard Peninsula in England to the Strait of Gibraltar. Perhaps due to space restrictions, the English Channel appears closed off between England and France. The map is accompanied by a written description of the movement of English fleets.
Detailed and decorative map of fortifications, walls, blockades, and water sources. Duke de Richelieu landed on the island and besieged the British garrison commonly known as the Fall of Minorca. Scale is 4 Furlongs or 1/2 mile. Of particular interest on this map are etchings of nine was ships off the coast. The references key complete with explanations of the fort are within the pages of the Gentleman's Quarterly specifically: Countergards, Ravelins, Lunettes, areas of attack, and places where supplies were received. The French Encampment is clearly marked.
Two maps on one sheet-the upper being Spain and delineating the various provinces including Andalusia, Granada, Valencia, Catalonia and the islands of Majorca, Minorca and Ivica. The bottom map shows the Mouth of the River Tagus or Harbour of the City of Lisbon with a small inset view of Belem Castle. Sounding depth shown in fathoms.
A colour washed map of the Iberian Peninsula and surrounding countries and waters engraved by R.W. Seale. A 16 point compass rose with 32 emanating rhumb lines show bearings throughout the Bay of Biscay and to the south of the important British naval base located in Minorca in the Mediterranean obtained after the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. The colouration of the maps is used to differentiate some political borders, despite the noticeable absence of colour for Spain and the northern coast of Africa; care should be taken not to confuse the island of Minorca or Gibraltar as a German territories. Among the several interesting spellings of place names is Tennis for Tunis. The map title is enclosed within a heavy scroll styled cartouche.
Top map includes engraved references a-t. Bottom map with title and 5 lines of engraved text. On page 11 of the volume begins an account of the island: "A plan of St. Philip's Castle with its accompanying town, and another smaller scale plan along with the strategically important harbour and the town of Mahon, in Minorca, one of the Balearic Islands". The explanatory legend details the castle's fortifications, while soundings and coastlines are shown for the harbour. A description of the work sits below the map. engraved on map are various important structures: Nunnery, Victualing Office for the navy, Product House, Mast house, Quarantine Island, The New Road, and Navel Hospital. Fortifications are detailed as are vegetation, buildings, fathom depths, and pathways.
A plan of Cadiz, Spain, along with its waters and surrounding area accompanied by a view of the city from the bay during rather tumultuous seas. The plan shows many characteristics of a chart including soundings, sand banks, rocks/hazards, and rhumb lines. The top half of page depicts the bay and view of the city with structures of windmills, churches, homes, and fortifications. Several boats both single mast and battleships are depicted as are vigorous wave action.
A map of Western Europe and North Africa around the end of the Seven Years War. As a chart coastal features are emphasized, and there is very little promoting figure/ground distinction save some light shading. Due to the small scale no soundings are shown; a few hazards and sand banks are displayed around Jersey and the English Channel. A 32 point compass rose shows rhumb lines around the Bay of Biscay, and the St. Georges and English Channels. The cartouche includes authority and is exceedingly elaborate with etches of sailing ships and sail boats, birds in flight, and vegetation.
A large scale woodcut (somewhat larger than usual) plan of St. Phillip's Castle (Castell de Sant Felip) guarding the strategically important harbour at Minorca before its famous loss to the French in 1756. On the 29th April 1756, a French force under the command of the Duke de Richelieu landed on the island and besieged the British garrison at St. Philip's Castle, forcing them to surrender after a lengthy siege. A British relief force under Admiral John Byng sailed with the purpose of saving the island, but after the naval Battle of Minorca Byng withdrew to Gibraltar, and the resistance of the garrison finally collapsed. Byng was later blamed for the loss of Minorca, and executed by firing squad. The accompanying legend on page 281 describes the forts features; counter-guards, ravelins, and lunettes are all features of Vauban style fortifications that were common at the time. An impressive amount of detailed linework used to convey the structure of the castle and environs
A chart showing the coastline of Southwestern Europe and surrounding waters. Two large, crisscrossing compass roses show rhumb lines around the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean. The larger compass rose sites in the Mediterranean Sea. Many of the coastal annotations are perpendicular to the coastlines, reminiscent of the Thames school of mapmakers. Inland features are ignored save for major capitals. Perimeter scale bar in leagues.
A plan of the city of Mahón on Minorca Island located in present day Spain. A lettered key explained on page247. A major British naval base at the time, important buildings, fortifications, and natural features are described by the legend in the accompanying text, along with the road built by Brigadier General Richard Kane; St. Philip's Castle and Town figure prominently at the mouth of one of the best natural harbours in the British Empire. Hatching is done both on land and for shallow water, and is differentiated a heavy light weight along the coast, and slightly different hatching patterns. Small vignettes of trees, windmills, churches, and farmhouses are present throughout the land.