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Including Four Flags of the Newly-Created United States!

Striking antique engraved plate showing 138 flags of the maritime nations, along with rigging diagrams of two large battleships, and vignettes of two naval battles in 1778 and a massive compass rose. 

Among the 138 flags shown on the plate are illustrations of the following American flags:

  • "P. du Congres Americain" [Flag of the American Congress]
  • "P. Marchd. des Etats unis de l'Amerique" 
  • "Flamme des Etats unis de l'Amerique" [Pennant of the United States of America]
  • "Autres Flamme des Etats unis de l'Amerique" [Alternative pennant of the United States of America]

The American Congressional Flag has thirteen white stars, and thirteen white and red stripes. At the top of the blue field there is a yellow fleur-de-lis or a similar device.

On either side of the title are scenes of naval battles between France and Great Britain during the American Revolution. The first of these battles is the Battle of Ushant which took place on July 27, 1778\. The scene shows three French ships Bretagne, Ville de Paris and Saint-Esprit, and two English ships, Victoire and Formidable. The second vignette illustrates the Action of October 20, 1778, off Lisbon, as well as the battle on June 17, 1778, between the French frigate Belle Poule and the English frigate Arethuse, off Roscoff, in the English Channel.

The map is extensively annotated with translations of the key into Dutch.

Condition Description
Original hand-color. Early ink marginalia. Minor wear around the centerfold and some minor edge wear.