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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 1607 or later

Letterpress text on seven pieces of paper, joined to give four columns; mounted on one sheet of paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges top, right and bottom | 53.6 x 39.5 cm (mount) | RCIN 721130.c

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

Each of the four columns carries, or carried, printed numbers in the bottom of the margin: [7 is cropped, pasted to top of:] 8; [9 is cropped, pasted to the top of:] 10; [11 is cropped, pasted to the top of 12; 13.

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

  • Watermark: Text: none visible. Mount: none

    Condition: one fold line; brown discolouration along edge of text from adhesive

  • 53.6 x 39.5 cm (mount)

    32.3 x 9.2 cm (sheet first column)

    32.3 x 9.1 cm (sheet second column)

    45.5 x 8.1 cm (sheet third column)

    30.9 x 8.8 cm (sheet fourth column)

  • Printed title:

    No title. [A continuation of the text at RCIN 721130-b; left hand column begins:] ende is alsoo als een recht Edelman ridderlijck in sijn wa= / pen gestorven.

    Annotations:

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

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 1607. (Verso) [bottom margin, red pencil:] 1/113; [bottom right, black pencil:] I/117.

    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. 2809-2812

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