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GRANTE, James A.

A Chart Wherein are mark'd all the different Routs of P. Edward in Great Britain and the Marches of his Army and the English. The Sieges are distinguish'd and the Battles that were Fought in this Enterprise ...

Edinburgh, 1749
625 x 400 mm., with a couple of areas of loss in the lower neat line and corners repaired, some loss to text lower left, small tear into the top of the map repaired, otherwise in very good condition. With old manuscript notation in pencil to verso ‘excessively rare’.
EXCEEDINGLY RARE MAP RELATED TO BONNIE PRINCE CHARLIE KNOWN IN ONLY FOUR EXAMPLES. James Grante was a Scotsman and French Officer who travelled with Prince Charles through much of 1745 Rebellion. ‘Of the several maps designed to show the travels and battles of Prince Charles Edward in 1745-46 this single-sheet derivation of James Grante’s large master map is probably the most attractive. It appeared folded in a small anonymous book with a similar title to that on the map, with supplementary text which for the most part merely repeats the legends printed on the body of the map itself. The attraction of the map lies in the numerous allegorical figures which grace the stages of the prince’s escape and adorn the corners. The routes of the English pursuers are shown and many vivid illustrations of ships of the period indicate the various naval engagements (Shirley).’ Mathieson wrote in the ‘Scottish Geographical Magazine’ in 1930 that there was only one recorded example of the map. There were only four recorded examples known; BL; Royal Library, Windsor; National Archives; Private Collection. Two further examples have since been identified; one at the National Library of Scotland and another recently acquired by a private collection. This example makes a total of seven known. Provenance: acquired from the Parker Gallery, London, c.1955. Bartholomew & Son, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie Maps’, Edinburgh; Mathieson (1931) ‘A French Map of Prince Charles’ Campaigns’ Scottish Geographical Magazine May 1931; Moir ‘Early Maps of Scotland’ p. 143; Shirley British Isles Grante 3.
Stock number: 7144

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