1859 Siege of Sebastopol: Engineers Operations, Maps & Plans
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First Edition, Folding Maps, Folding Plates, Illustrated, With Slipcase
The first edition. The original cloth map box, containing sixteen folding maps and plans from the Siege of Sevastopol. This work was intended to accompany the, 'Journal of the Siege of Sebastopol'. Each map is mounted on paper-covered, folding boards. Printed at the Topographical Department for the British War Office, under the direction of Captain Elphinstone. The Siege of Sevastopol, (which was called 'Sebastopol' at the time), occurred during the Crimean War in 1854 until 1855. The siege was undertaken by the allied forces, which then comprised of France, Sardinia, the Ottoman Empire and Great Britain, and was intended as a victorious march to Sevastopol, the capital of Crimea. This set comprises of: Plate I - 'Plan of the Battle of the Alma', alongside: Plate II - 'Sketch of Ground to the West of the Village of Boulair' Plate III - 'Plan of the Attacks and Positions of the Allied Armies Before Sebastopol in 1854-5' Plate IV - 'Plan of the Siege of Sebastopol by the Allied Armies in 1854-5' Plate V - 'Plan of the Defensive Position of Balaklava' Plate VII - 'Outline Plan of the Right Attack' Plate VIII - 'Outline Plan of the Left Attack' Plate IX - 'Right Attack. Details and Sections of the Works', alongside: Plate X - 'Left Attack. Details and Sections of the Works' Plate XII - 'Sections of the Attacks', alongside: Plate XI - 'Sketch of the "Quarries" & Russian Works in Front of the Advanced Trenches of the Right Attack' Plate XIII - 'Plan Shewing the Lines and Advanced Works Thrown Up by the Russians to Cover the South Side of Sebastopol' Plate XIV - 'Plan of the Mamelon or Kamtschatka Redoubt, shewing the French Lodgements and Alterations made by them in the original Russian Work' Plate XV - 'Plan of the Redan or Bastion No. 3' Plate XVI A - 'The Malakoff or Kornileff Bastion, Details and Sketches (from the French)' Plate XVI - 'The Malakofff or Kornileff Bastion' Plate XVII - 'Flagstaff Battery or Bastion No. 4, Shewing the System of Mines & Countermines' Plate XVIII - 'Sketch of the Tanks in the Dockyard Creek Ravine', alongside: Plate XIX - 'Sketch of the Tanks in the Rear of 3rd Division Camp', alongside: Plate XX - 'Rough Sketch of the Tanks in the Woronzoff Ravine' 'Sevastopol, View Taken from a Point About 400 Yards in Front of 'Maison d'Eau', alongside a sketch of, 'Royal Engineer Park', and, 'Sketch of the Middle Ravine'. With an index listing the plates. Lacking Plate VI.
Each map is mounted on paper covered boards. Maps in very smart condition. The odd mark to the boards. With spotting and light age-toning to the maps. Scattered handling marks. Offsetting to 'Plate XVII' and 'Plate IV'. Lacking Plate VI. Handling marks and creasing to the Index sheet. Slipcase is in smart condition. Cracking to the front board. Marks to the boards. Fading and marks to the spine. Fraying and closed tear to the cover. Marks to the cover. Shelf wear to the edges.
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