Plan du Nouveau Canal de Mardick…
1770 (undated) 8 x 12.5 in (20.32 x 31.75 cm)
A finely executed 18th century manuscript plan or map of Dunkirk illustrating both the old and new ship canals. Probably dating from the Seven Years’ War (1756 - 1763) or slightly after, this map focuses on the two major canals giving access to Dunkirk's Harbor, the Canal du Mardick, take center stage an is just above the cartouche. An older ship's canal, in the upper right, provides access to the old citadel. It was part of Vauban's Pré Carré, a system of fortresses protecting northern France from naval attack. Dunkirk was of special significance as the primary access point to French inland navigation. Canals extending south from the Canal du Mardick, including the Canal de Furnes, Canal de Burgues, the Canal de Bourburg, connect to France's major northwestern rivers, including the Aa, the Escaut, the Lys, and the Furnes. It is not clear who produced this map but it has the aspect of a French Ecole Militaire mapping and was likely drawn by a hand trained in French military mapping protocol.
Very good. Some creasing. Backed on paper.