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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Offering of the Day: "Carte du theatre de la guerre entre les Anglais et les Americains...." Louis Brion de la Tour, 1777

AN IMPORTANT MAP SHOWING AMERICAN AND BRITISH TROOP POSITIONS DURING THE AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
Louis Brion de la Tour
"Carte du theatre de la guerre entre les Anglais et les Americains: dressee d'apres les cartes Anglaises les plus modernes"
Engraving with original hand-color
30 1/4” x 21”; Paris, 1777.

On November 15, 1777, the Continental Congress met and selected the name “The United States of America” for the thirteen colonies that formed a government under the Articles of Confederation. One month later, the French decided to recognize American independence, after learning of the American victory at Saratoga, and the defeat of Burgoyne. By January 8th, the French foreign minister Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes, informed American envoys that France was ready to engage in an alliance.
 
This spectacular first edition French map was copied from British sources and shows the theater of conflict between the Americans and British during the third year of the War of Independence. It depicts British troop positions at Germantown and Frankfort, Pennsylvania. The only military notation on the map is the one American victory against the French at Saratoga, which was instrumental in bringing France into the war on the American side.

Offered at $18,000
 
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