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Contemporary prints and maps of the battles and sieges of the Eighty Years War

Willem Janszoon Blaeu (1571-1638)

Battle of Gibraltar, 1607

VVare afbeeldinghe van de gheweldighe Slach terzee / tusschen de Armade des Konings van Spangien / ende de Schepen van Oorloghe de E. M. H. Staten der vereenichde Nederlanden /ondert beleyt / van den waren Edelen ende... 1607 or later

Letterpress text on six pieces of paper, joined to give four columns; mounted side by side on one sheet of paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges top, right and bottom | 53.5 x 38.9 cm (mount) | RCIN 721130.b

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Letterpress explanatory text (with RCIN 721130.c) to RCIN 721130.a. Eighty Years War (Dutch War of Independence (1568-1648).

Each of the four columns carries the printed numbers in the margin at the bottom of the column: 1; 2; [3 is cropped and pasted to the top of:] 4; [5 is cropped and pasted to the top of :] 6.

  • Willem Jansz. Blaeu (1571-1638) (publisher) [bottom right, at foot of column 13 on RCIN 721130.c:] t’AMSTERDAM / By Willem Iansz. Blaeuw, op’t Water / in de vergulde Sonne-wijser.

  • Watermark: Text: none visible. Mount: indistinct: three hills in a double circle?

    Condition: one fold line; brown discolouration along edge of text from adhesive, some pressure marks

  • 53.5 x 38.9 cm (mount)

    31.6 x 8.0 cm (sheet first column)

    31.8 x 8.2 cm (sheet second column)

    32.3 x 9.4 cm (sheet third column)

    32.7 x 9.3 cm (sheet fourth column)

    3.8 x 88.5 cm (sheet title strip)

  • Printed title:

    VVare afbeeldinghe van de gheweldighe Slach terzee / [printed character] tusschen de Armade des Konings van Spangien / [printed character] ende de Schepen van Oorloghe de E. M. H. Staten der vereenichde Nederlanden / [printed character] ondert beleyt / van den waren Edelen ende Erntfesten Admirael Jacob Heemskerck van Amsterdam/ [printed character] gheschiet den rrven April M DC VII. op de Reede voor de Stadt van Gibraltar. [printed in Gothic characters on four pieces pf paper; joined and pasted across top of mount, folded in from each edge to accommodate the smaller size of the mount]

    Additional text:

    [top of column 1:] KLAER / ENDE / Waerachtich ver= / hael van den Scheeps-strydt/ [printed character] / gheschiet den 25. April 1607. op de Ree= | de van Gibraltar/ [printed character] tusschē de Armade des Konings / van Hispanien ter eender / [printed character] ende de Oorlog-sche= / pen der E. M. H. Staten der Vereenigde / Nederlanden ter ander zijden.

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Naval Engagement in the Bay of Gibraltar 25th April 1607.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1607. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Naval Engagement Pugnæ Navalis Effigies quæ a Classe Armata Regis Hispaniæ atque Ordinum Provinciarum Confœderatarum Navibus Præsidiariis sub auspicio Architalassi Jacobi Heemskerckii peracta est sub Propugnaculis Civitatis Gibraltar, 25 Aprilis 1607: cum Effigie Heemskerckii. 3 tab: et Descriptione: apud Blaeu. [The same entry appears under the heading Gibraltar]

  • Probably from the collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo (1588-22 October 1657); inherited by his brother, Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-1689); sold by Carlo Antonio’s grandson to Clement XI, 1703; acquired by Cardinal Alessandro Albani by 1714, from whom purchased by George III in 1762

  • Subject(s)

    Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory (36°08'00"N  05°21'00"W)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2805-2808

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