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NANTIAT, Jasper.

A New Map of Spain and Portugal...

exhibiting the Chains of Mountains with their Passes, the Principal Cross Roads, with other Details requisite for the Intelligence of Military Operations. Compiled by...

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Published: London W. Faden, 1810

Stock Code: 132840

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


Uncommon wartime 1:875,000 scale map of the Iberian Peninsula. 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 small-scale maps in general atlases of Europe or the world. The military mobilisation 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 criticised; 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 tomorrow 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). Faden's lengthy advertisement located on the title sheet offers a detailed explanation of the sources drawn upon for this map, inevitably Lopez, d'Anville, Tofiño, but noting that "much information has also been gleaned from the itineraries of Townsend, Bourgoing, Laborde, &c." with information on the cordillera - "so that a correct idea may be formed of their situation, extent & military importance" - being taken from the most "recent authorities" in the Journal des Mines.

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Folding engraved map, hand-coloured in outline, dissected into 32 panels and mounted on linen in four sheets (564 x 792 mm), housed in original blue-grey paper-covered slipcase, manuscript labels to front and spine, manuscript tabs added to each sheet.


Lightly browned overall, some small patches of damping, paper lifting from linen backing in places, one identifying tab lacking, slipcase a little rubbed, some paper loss, recently carefully restored,the majority of the paper laid down, remains very good.


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