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Contemporary maps and prints of the major battles and sieges from 1635 to 1658

Nicolaes Visscher I (1618-79)

Siege of Aire, 1641

Briefve Representation de l’Assiette de la Forte ville / d’AIRE, ensemble son Siege de l’an 1641 1641 or later

Two columns of letterpress text, each comprising two pieces of text, joined, and mounted on one sheet of paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | 334.0 x 13.3 cm (sheet of left column) | RCIN 723005.b

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Accompanying letterpress text to the map of the siege of Aire, 1641 (see RCIN 723005.a). Franco-Spanish War (1635-1659).

  • Nicolaes Visscher I (1618-79) (printer) [at end of text:] A AMSTERDAM, / Imprimé chez Nicolas Ieansz. Visscher, demeurant en la Calverstrate.

  • Watermark: Text: cropped: part of a jug [and, cropped:] a flower. Mount: none.

    Condition: no fold lines; slight pressure marks

  • 34.0 x 13.3 cm (sheet of left column)

    34.0 x 13.3 cm (sheet of right column)

    40.2 x 52.0 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Briefve Representation de l’Assiette de la Forte ville / d’AIRE, ensemble son Siege de l’an 1641.


    George III heading: Aire 19 May – 26 July 1641.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Aire Plan d’Ayre avec ses Forts, Lignes de Circonvalation et attaques de la Ville, assiegée par Louis XIII le 19 May et prise le 26 Juillet 1641: chez Visscher avec une Description.

  • 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)

    Aire-sur-la-Lys (Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France) 50°38'19"N 02°23'55"E

  • 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. 3090, 3091

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