Africa - Spain - Ceuta - Bowles II


Africa - Spain - Ceuta - Bowles II

Product no.: 3947

Bowles, Thomas II (1688-1767):  A Plan of the Famous Town & Fortress of Ceuta, Besieg’d by the Moors in 1693 & raid by ye Spaniards after 26 Years Siege in 1720 - Drawn from an Original brought from hence. Printed for and sold by Tho: Bowles next ye Chapter House in St. Paul’s Church Yard, London.

Thomas Bowles Chapter House in St. Paul’s Church Yard, London 1721

copper engraved plan; plate 53 x 37 cm. paper slightly toned; some small marginal tears not affecting image; a few minute holes; o/w exc. cond.

A very rare separately published broad sheet map of Ceuta, with two insets of Gibraltar and explanatory text, as well as  29 keys, explaining the various strongholds and important sites; it was advertised in The Post Boy, 7th - 9th March, 1721.  The map shows the city of Ceuta during the siege in 1720. 

Ceuta has always been a very important stronghold for military and commercial purposes since the 5th century BC, situated at the most Northern point of Morocco, North Africa. Having changed hands several times during its history, during the reign of Phillip II, King of Spain, it became part of Spain but was besieged by the Moroccan army under Moulay Ismail from 1694 to 1727. 

There is only one known copy in the British Library BLL01015581607

[ref: 3947] £3,000

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