Titre : Historical Views of ye last Glorious ...
Éditeur : Philip Orsbridge c. 1765., London
Date d'édition : 1765
Loose, without covers. , "Upon the declaration of war with Spain, a large fleet was sent from the West Indies to attack Havana. The military force amounted to nearly sixteen thousand men, four thousand of whom sailed from England under General the Earl of Albemarle in the fleet of Admirals Sir George Pocock and the Honourable Augustus Keppel. They eventually reached Havana and effected a landing on July 7. . . . So formidable a force the Spaniards could not long resist, and on August 14 Havana fell into the hands of the besiegers. In the harbour were found twelve sail of the line, nine of which were sent to England as prizes, the remaining three having been sunk at the entrance of the harbour by the Spaniards. The prize money paid to the captors amounted to £736,185." (Harry Parker, "Naval Prints", 73.)Plates1: Depicts the British fleet sailing down the Old Straits of Bahama on June 2.4: Depicts the landing of troops near Fort Baccuranao, near Havana, on June 7.5. Depicts troops landing and marching along the shore towards Fort Cojimar, while several ships attack the fort's batteries in the distance, on June 7, 1762.6: Depicts the attack and capture of the Castle of Choera on June 11, 1762.7: Depicts the landing of artillery and provisions on June 30, 1762.8: Depicts the attack on Sterling Castle, with no date.9: Depicts the British army filing through a breach in the Moro Castle on July 30, 1762.10: Depicts the Grand Attack on Havana and the Punto Castle on August 13, 1762.11: Depicts the British troops taking possession of Havana's fortifications at the closing of the battle, dated August 14, 1762., Size : Large Folio. , With nine of the 12 plates depicting the Battle of Havana during the Seven Years? War executed by P. C. Canot and J. Mason after Dominic Serres. The drawings of the naval scenes were done by Orsbridge at the scene and engraved later by Serres. Copper-engraved on laid paper. , References : Harry Parker, , P. 1, 4-11. Superb large-scale series of nine naval copper engravings depicting the Battle of Havana. Lacks frontispiece (an image of Orsbridge presenting his drawings), title page, and plates 2, 3, and 12, as well as the 6 smaller text leaves that sometimes accompany the plates; otherwise in fine condition. N° de réf. du libraire B3648
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