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Spain & Portugal reduced from Jasper Nantiat’s Map in Four Sheets.

Published: London: W. Faden, April 12, 1812

Stock code: 108382

Price: £375

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First thus. The insufficiencies of the British Army’s cartographic provision for the Peninsular War have been much discussed; “Except for a few broadsheet maps of Spain and Portugal, and William Faden’s plans of the British possessions of Gibraltar and Minorca, the London map trade had paid little attention to the Iberian Peninsula before 1808 other than to include smallscale maps in general atlases of Europe or the world. The military mobilization motivated a surge of some twenty new maps, not least because Army and Naval officers had to acquire their own maps and charts from the commercial market. Most of these productions, however, were based on López’s maps and thus repeated his errors. Not surprisingly, although the Army made some use of these works, they were strongly criticized; in General Thomas Graham’s opinion ‘Faden’s maps are only fit for burning'” (Smith, “Peninsular War Cartography: A New Look at the Military Mapping of General Sir George Murray and the Quartermaster General’s Department” in Imago Mundi, 65, 2, 2013, p.235). Judge Advocate General Larpent was similarly disappointed in their coverage; ” I have my route… We are to carry provisions for four days with us, then provide for three, and start to-morrow or next day … then go on to Fuentes de Castelegos, Forgadilla, Calcade de Don Diego, Salamanca. Few of these places are in Faden’s map” (The Private Journal … I, p.21). An attractive map, the deficiencies of which are certainly of historical interest.

Folding engraved map, coloured in outline, dissected into 20 panels and mounted on linen (opens 558 786 mm; folded 188 130 mm). In the original marbled card sleeve-case, paper label to the front panel. Sleeve somewhat rubbed at the extremities, but unrestored and sound, linen backing of the map thinning at the folds, but similarly sound, a very good example.

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