Plan de la Baye d'Oran sur la Cotte [sic.] de Barbarie.
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Manuscript chart, c.18" x 23½" [46cm x 60cm]. A little browned overall, some scattered foxing, crumpling at the lower margin with some short splits, no loss, and a couple of repairs, very good. N.p., n.d.
Attractive mansucript chart showing the coastline around the town of Oran with a key to significant sites - forts, "Maison qu'habittent les Mores", and "ance ou l'on fit decente" a curve in the bay where landings could be made, together with anchorages and soundings in the bay. Evidently this map was intended for use in some form of amphibious operation as, in addition to the soundings, the actual physical nature of the cliffs and beaches along the coast have been very carefully portrayed with a system somewhere between literal graphic representation and stylised hachures.
There is an ink signature of "Le Ch[eva]l[ie]r de Murat Saurins" beneath the legend which may tie this chart to the operations of the French against the Ali-Pasha, Bey of Tunis. In 1742 one Lieutenant Saurins-Murat was sent by the Marquis de Massiac to take Tabarka by surprise with a force of three hundred on board two brigantines. They were betrayed and fell into an ambush, two hundred and twenty-four unfortunates, including their leader, were committed to the bagnios of Tunis, whilst twenty-seven were killed and their heads displayed on the fondouk.
Stock Code: 88867