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Rare Spanish broadside plan of the harbor, environs and military fortifications of Toulon, published by during the Siege of Toulon in 1793.

This rare Spanish broadside depicts the Bay and Port of Toulon, one of the 3 major military ports of France. In 1793. During the war between Spain and France, the Spanish troops under the leadership of Admiral Juan Francisco de Lángara y Huarte and Admrial Don Federico Carlos Gravina y Nápoli, along with the English attacked Toulon in September 1793, in support of the French Royalists. The French Republicans countered the siege by sending a contingent of troops which included a young Napoleon Bonaparte, then a young Artillery Officer. The siege lasted until December 1793 and resulted in the retaking of Toulon by the Republicans.

The lower half of the broadside provides a geographical and historical description of Toulon. The map is in the style of maps made by Tomas Lopez, one of Spain's leading map makers in the second half of the 18th Century.

The broadside is apparently very rare, with only a single copy in the Biblioteca Nacionale de España.

Condition Description
Minor Soiling