MANUSCRIPT MILITARY MAPS – Prussian military maps detailing manoeuvres in the Berlin and Potsdam areas, dated 1781-1784.
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MANUSCRIPT MILITARY MAPS – Prussian military maps detailing manoeuvres in the Berlin and Potsdam areas, dated 1781-1784.

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MANUSCRIPT MILITARY MAPS – Prussian military maps detailing manoeuvres in the Berlin and Potsdam areas, dated 1781-1784.

27 manuscript maps on paper in ink and colours, all on laid paper with Dutch watermarks, including 2 large folding maps of artillery exercises each approx. 623 x 965mm, with explanatory text to lower right-hand corner and scale, and 25 maps of the environs of Berlin and Potsdam, some folding, most approx. 600 x 470mm (one much smaller), of which 6 maps are represented in more than one duplicate copy, most of the Potsdam maps with scales and showing the Sanssouci Palace, all of the Berlin maps and most relating to Potsdam with compass roses, all but one with comprehensive key and explanatory notes with Orders of Battle at bottom, all delineated with roads, watercourses, lakes, hills, woodlands and buildings. (Occasional light dust-soiling and fraying to edges.)

FINELY EXECUTED MANUSCRIPT MAPS OF PRUSSIAN MILITARY MANOEUVRES DEMONSTRATING THE TACTICS OF FREDERICK THE GREAT. Some of the maps are evidently copied after the fact, with 4 of the 1781 Potsdam maps dated February or March 1782, and were presumably exercises in military map making. Some of the maps are signed, and reveal the units and ranks involved in the cartographic process: ‘S. Ernsts G.d.C. 1782’; ‘C.F. Peithmann, Lieutenant’; ‘G.W. Siebel’; ‘P.J. Siebel Junior’; ‘Joan Vaudrianey Feuerwerker des Artillerie Corps’; ‘Joseph Morass Gurd [sic] du Corp a Münster’; and ‘J. Colson’. Frederick II (1712-1786) has been long admired for his military tactics and theories, and praised by the likes of Clausewitz. His well-practised manoeuvres yielded him great results on the battlefield, such as his defeat of the 41,000-strong Franco-Austrian army at the Battle of Rossbach in June 1745 with only 21,000 soldiers. The maps here present a detailed analysis of Frederick’s tactics, practised within sight of his favourite residence, the Sanssouci Palace at Potsdam. Sold with another manuscript map of the cross-section of the canal connecting the rivers Spree and Oder, dated September 1751.
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