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

Filippo Ghisolfi (active 1631-68)

Valenza, 1635

Discrittione del sito, e positura del luogo di Valenza con le fortificationi fattoui nouamente dalle genti del Re’ Catt,.co et quelle fattoui la seconda uolta dal Maresciallo de Chrichi, quan[do] / ui ritorno unitamente con... 1635 or later

Etching and engraving; view and letterpress text printed on the same sheet of paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type A); gilt edges right and bottom | 27.6 x 35.9 cm (image and sheet of map) | RCIN 722100

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A high oblique view of Valenza, defended by the Spanish, commanded by the military governor, Don Martino Galiano and General Carlos Coloma de Saa (1567-23 November 1637), and besieged from 9 September to 28 October by Charles I de Blanchefort (1578-17 March 1638) Seigneur de Créquy, Duc de Lesdiguieres, Marshal of France, and Odoardo Farnese, Duke of Parma (28 April 1612-11 September 1646) resulting in the lifting of the siege by the French. Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Oriented with south-south-west to top.

See also RCINs 722098.a-c.

  • Filippo Ghisolfi (active 1631-68) (publisher) [bottom centre of text:] IN MILANO, Per Filippo Ghisolfi, Con licenza de’ Superiori.

  • Watermark: Map: none visible. Mount: none.

    Condition: two fold lines; a few brown ink stains and surface dirt to mount. Verso: surface dirt to mount and map; brown stains; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept below this print in a different collection are present on the verso

  • 27.6 x 35.9 cm (image and sheet of map)

    32.4 x 36.1 cm (image and sheet of map and text)

    cropped (platemark)

    40.9 x 51.7 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Discrittione del sito, e positura del luogo di Valenza con le fortificationi fattoui nouamente dalle genti del Re’ Catt,.co et quelle fattoui la seconda uolta dal Maresciallo de Chrichi, quan[do] / ui ritorno unitamente con l’essercito di Parma Domenica 9 Sett.re 1635. / e descrittion dell’ assalto generale dato la notte di mercordi 26. Sett.re [across top of print]

    Additional text:

    [bottom left, a key, A-F, to the fortifications guarded by the Spanish, Napolitans, Lombardi, Germans, and Swiss]; [below print, letterpress text, a continuation of the key, G-I, L-R.]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Valenza 1635. Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom right, black pencil:] 1635; [top right, black pencil, erased:] Valenza. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Valenza Discritione di Valenza con le Fortificationi fattoui dalle gente del Re Catt.co et quelle fattoui la seconda volta dal Maresciallo de Chrichi quando ui ritorno unitamente con l’Essercito di Parma Domenica 9 Sett.re 1635, e descrittion dell’ Assalto generale dato li 26 Sett.re: per Filippo Ghisolfi.

  • 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)

    Valenza, Piedmont, Italy 45°00ʹ44ʺN 08°38ʹ37ʺE

  • 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. 2993

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