FADEN, A PLAN OF NEW YORK ISLAND WITH PART OF LONG ISLAND, STATEN ISLAND & EAST NEW JERSEY, 1776
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- A Plan of New York Island with part of Long Island, Staten Island & East New Jersey, with a particular description of the engagement on the woody heights of Long Island, between Flatbush and Brooklyn, on the 27th of August 1776. [London: William Faden, 1776]
FIRST STATE OF THE ORIGINAL ISSUE (see Sothebys.com), engraved battle plan, (614 x 495mm.), hand-coloured, a few minor creases
THE BRITISH ACCOUNT OF THE FIRST MAJOR BATTLE IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR. The Battle of Long Island was fought on August 27, 1776, and gave the British control over the strategically important New York City. It took place just after the United States declared its independence on July 4, 1776, and was the largest in combat and troop deployment. Tooley lists the following points for the first state of the original issue: "On small-sized paper ... bearing a watermark consisting of a rectangular shield crossed by three diagonal lines, surmounted by a fleur-de-lys; beneath the shield are letters "G.R." and to its left are the initials "R.G." ... State 1 has no printed text beneath the plan ... The seacoast, harbour, and rivers in single un-shaded outline. The most northerly place marked on Hudson River is "Tetards Hill". The "Heights of Long Island" are twice lettered simply "The Heights. The fourth line of the title consists of only four words: "Disposition of both armies"". There were five different issues in two different states printed.