Carte du détroit de Gibraltar. Son plan particulier et sa vuë en perspective et ceux de Cadix & Ceuta.

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Dédiéz, et présentée à Monseigneur le Comte de St Florentin, ministre et et secrétaire d¿état. Par son très humble serviteur De Beaurain, fils du chevalier de Beaurain, géographe du Roy. 1779. Carte marine, en 6 feuilles, (460 X 380 mm), entoilée de l¿époque. Belle carte en deux tableaux, renvois et coupe des cotées sur le plan de Gibraltar. Excellent état. Bookseller Inventory #

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Jean de BEAURAIN (1696 – 1771).
Published by Paris, [circa -2]. (1761)
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Book Description Paris, [circa -2]., 1761. Copper engraving (Good, old folds with very minor loss at fold vertices in centre, some small old stains), 38 x 46 cm (15 x 18 inches). Rare first state of a broadside featuring maps of the Strait of Gibraltar, Gibraltar, Cadiz and Ceuta, issued in Paris by Jean de Beaurain during the Seven Years’ War. This attractive and engaging separately-issued map sheet features two main maps and three cartographic insets relating to the enclave and Straits of Gibraltar. The main map on the left-hand side, ‘Carte du Détroit de Gibraltar,’ contextualizes the entire piece and depicts the strategic entrance of the Mediterranean, with Andalusia occupying the upper portion, while Morocco lies to the south. The inset, ‘Plan de Cadix,’ in the upper part details Cadiz, the Atlantic headquarters of Spain’s Armada Real, while the inset in the lower part, ‘Port de Ceuta,’ depicts the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the north coast of Morocco. The right-hand portion of the broadside features a detailed plan of Gibraltar, the peninsular bastion dominated by the famous ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ that had been in British hands since 1704, while a small perspective view of the enclave is featured below. Ever since Gibraltar was seized by Britain’s Royal Navy, in 1704, it had occupied an outsized role in global affairs. Spain and her fellow Bourbon ally France were virtually obsessed with recapturing ‘The Rock’, enraged that Britain could command the Straits of Gibraltar from what they considered to be Spanish soil. The present map was made during the Seven Years’ War (1756-63), whereupon France (joined by Spain from 1761) waged a global conflict against Britain and her allies. Spain had unsuccessfully besieged Gibraltar in 1727, and in 1761-2 the Bourbon powers openly planned to mount another siege, but this was eventually called off, as events elsewhere motivated a reallocation of resources. This fine broadside was issued by the prominent Paris map publisher Jean de Beaurain (1696 – 1771) in an effort to take advantage of the popular interest brought about by rumours of the planned siege of ‘The Rock’. The present first state of this broadside is rare, and while undated, it is was certainly issued late in 1761 or early in 1762, as it is referenced in a contemporary French periodical, Affiches, Annonces, et Avis Divers, no. 13 (March 31, 1762). A subsequent edition, dated 1779, issued form the same plate, is still scarce, but much less so than the present first state. References: Bibliothèque nationale de France: 40644574. Seller Inventory # 63231

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