The 1776 English version of Bernard Romans’ 'An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown…' – $26,000 (£18,840) at Swann.

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However, the lot that had carried the highest estimate in the New York auction, at $40,000-60,000, proved a little disappointing at just $26,000 (£18,840).

This was a clean and strong impression of a rare London issue of An Exact View of the Late Battle at Charlestown, June 17th, 1775.

Published in June of the following year, it was a view drawn and engraved by Bernard Romans, an artillery captain, mapmaker and engineer, that had been first issued in America some nine months earlier.

The sale took place on April 15.