Unrecorded braodsheet map of Sicily depicting the Battle of Cape Passaro
By PARKER, Samuel, 1718
A New Map of the Kingdom of Sicily with a Prospect of Messina and the Faro Describing the Place where Sr. George Byng with the British Fleet took & destroyed the Greatest Part of the Spanish Fleet. July 31st 1718.
- Author: PARKER, Samuel
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Sold by Tho: Thaylor Mapseller at the Golden Lyon in Fleet Street and by D. Browne and Will. Mears Booksellers without Temple Bar
- Publication date: 1718
- Physical description: Engraved broadsheet map.
- Inventory reference: 10887
The Battle of Cape Passaro (or Passero) was the defeat of a Spanish fleet under Admirals Antonio de Gaztañeta and Fernando Chacón by a British fleet under Admiral George Byng, near Cape Passero, Sicily, on 11 August 1718, four months before the War of the Quadruple Alliance was formally declared. Above the map is a prospect of the port of Messina were the British first spotted the Spanish fleet on the 6th August 1718. The shows the subsequent pursuit and engagement down Sicily’s east coast to Cape Passaro. A key to the lower left of the plan lists:
A. the Prospect of Messina.
B. the Prospect of Faro.
C. the Spainish Fleet flying from the British Fleet.
D. the British Fleet Pursuing them.
E. Captain Walton Pursuing the Ships that made the Shore.
Samuel Parker (Fl. 1715–1728) was a draughtsman and engraver working in London. He was apprenticed to John Senex in 1710 for seven years, and produced work for some of the leading map-sellers of the day, including: Richard Mount and Thomas Page, John Warburton, George Willdey, Thomas Badeslade, and Henry Overton.
The map bears the imprint of Thomas Taylor (fl. 1711–1726), a map and print seller, who worked with Philip Overton, John Lenthall and John Senex; and reissued works by Robert Morden, Richard Blome, and William Berry.
The map bears the imprint of Thomas Taylor (fl. 1711–1726) a map and printseller, who worked with Philip Overton, John Lenthall, and John Senex; and reissued works by Robert Morden, Richard Blome, and William Berry.
Rare we are unable to to trace any institutional example of the present map.