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Johannes Jacobus Schort (active 1635-6)

Siege of Schenkenschanz, 1635-6

De Ghelegentheyt ende Belegheringhe / van / SCHENKEN-SCHANS / Curyeus gemeeten ende geteeckent by den / ervaren Ingenieur Ioannes Iacobi Schort / Anno 1635. en 36 c.1649

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; letterpress text printed on the verso; gilt edges left, top, right and bottom | Scale: 1:10,270. | RCIN 722094

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A map describing the Dutch siege of the Spanish-held fortress of Schenkenschanz between 2 August and 5 December 1635, begun by Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange (29 January 1584-14 March 1647) and carried on by his cousin, John Maurice, Prince of Nassau-Siegen (17 June 1604-20 December 1679). Eighty Years War (1568-1648). Oriented with south-west to top.

This map is a re-issue by Blaeu of Visscher’s second state of RCIN 722093.a (q.v.; see Campbell, 1968, no.85). Blaeu has erased Visscher’s name and substituted his own initials, bottom left. This later state was published in Blaeu’s Toneel der Steeden in 1649 from which RCIN 722094 is taken.

  • Johannes Jacobus Schort (active 1635-6) (surveyor)

    ? Claes Jansz Visscher II (c.1587-1652) (engraver)

    Joannes Blaeu (1596-1673) (publisher) [bottom left, inside neatline:] I.B. excudebat [the initials ‘I B’ are very faintly engraved.

  • Watermark: Indistinct

    Condition: one fold line

  • Scale: 1:10,270. Scale bars: [Main map:] Rynlantsche Roeden de 2000 maecken een gemene myl van 15 in een graet / Verges de Rinlande, 2000 en un Lieu de 15 en un degre [110 mm =] 300.

    46.6 x 56.7 cm (image and neatline)

    47.0 x 56.9 cm (platemark)

    53.4 x 65.3 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    De Ghelegentheyt ende Belegheringhe / van / SCHENKEN-SCHANS / Curyeus gemeeten ende geteeckent by den / ervaren Ingenieur Ioannes Iacobi Schort / Anno 1635. en 36. [top left, in scrolled cartouche]

    Insets:

    [bottom right, in rectangular panel, three profiles:] (1) Profil van de Retrenchementen en dubel Retrenchementen met twee verloren grachten / tot Brinen, idem enige Linien met een verlorengracht geteeckent met de letter, F (2) Profil van de Duffelwaertsche Schans / geteeckent met de letter, G (3) Profil van t’Retrenchement binnen / t’Quartier tot Brinen geteeckent met / de letter, H. Scale: 1:327. De Maette der Profilen / Leschelle des Profiles [48 mm =] 50 voetten – 50 Pieds. Size: 5.4 x 13.5 cm (neatline).

    Additional text:

    [top, left of title, in a cartouche, a key, 1-25:] Verklaringe der getalen 

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Schenken-schantz 1635.

    Other anotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Schenken-Schantz De ghelegentheyt ende belegheringhe van Schenken Schans: by den Ingenieur I.I. Schort, anno 1635 en 1636.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Schenkenschanz, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (51°50ʹ09ʺN 06°06ʹ37ʺE)

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