FADEN, WILLIAM. 1749-1836.
The Course of Delaware River from Philadelphia to Chester. Exhibiting the several Works erected by the Rebels to defend its Passage, with the Attacks made upon them by His Majesty's Land & Sea Forces. London: engraved by William Faden, April 30, 1778.
Copper-engraved map, 465 x 705 mm, with inset map of Fort Island (including Fort Mifflin), American forces marked in blue and British forces in red, some barely visible offsetting, still very fine. Matted and framed.
Provenance: Martin P. Snyder; Jay T. Snider (his sale, Bloomsbury New York, Nov 19, 2008, lot 147).
FIRST STATE OF "THE BEST MILITARY MAP OF THE FORTIFICATIONS ON THE DELAWARE RIVER" (Nebenzahl) depicting the events of the fall of 1777 when the British laid siege to Fort Mifflin but were held off by the Americans for long enough to allow Washington and his troops to retrench following the Battle of Brandywine.
There is extraordinary detail on the British and American fleets and on the troops on shore. Touches of blue hand-coloring denote the greatly-outnumbered Americans, with the redcoats in red. Later states show an altered inset and movements in the position of the ships. Nebenzahl Bibliography of Printed Battle Plans 132; Snyder City of Independence 79 (this copy fig. 55); Stevens & Tree 17a.