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Map of Mechelen, from Rapin’s History

SKU: 7974

Map of Mechelen, from Rapin’s History

Date of publication:

Printed Measurement:
39.5 x 49 cm


  • John & Paul Knapton
  • Colour:


  • Paul Rapin de Thoyras
  • Engraver(s):
    James Basire

    Mechelin, or Malines, the Capital of one of the ten Provinces of the Netherlands in Brabant

    Copper engraving, 39.5 x 49 cm, engraved by James Basire, modern hand colour, blank verso. A map of Mechelen published in Nicholas Tindal's continuation of Rapin de Thoyras's History of England; many of the maps illustrating the work depict military actions fought by the British during the campaigns of the War of the Spanish Succession, mostly in Spain and the Low Countries. The Allies in the context of this conflict were Spanish supporters of the Habsburg Archduke Charles of Austria, with the backing of Austrian, British, Dutch, Prussian and Portugese troops, and they faced a Franco-Spanish Bourbon army. At stake was the European balance of power, which would shift dramatically if the Bourbon Philip V was allowed to unify Spain and France. A compromise peace was achieved in 1714: Philip V remained King of Spain but was excluded from the French line of succession, precluding a union between the two kingdoms.