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Maps, views and diagrams of military reviews and encampments


Map of Ratzeburg, 1693 (Ratzeburg, Schleswig Holstein, Germany) 53°42'00"N 10°46'01"E

1719 or later

Pen, ink and watercolour on paper; gilt edges top, bottom, left and right | Scale: not stated. 1:12,000 approx. | RCIN 724061

A map of the attack on Ratzeburg from 31 August to 4 September 1693 by Christian V of Denmark (1646-99). Oriented with west to top.

Ratzeburg was the capital of Saxe-Lauenburg, part of the old Duchy of Saxony. In 1693, Christian V of Denmark almost entirely destroyed Ratzeburg by bombardment in a bid to establish his succession to the Dukedom, against the claim of Hanover.

The map shows the positions of the Danish encampments, the boats used for crossing the Küchen See (not named; to the south [left] of Ratzeburg), and the Ratzeburger See to the north [right] of the town. The approach trenches and batteries are also depicted.

This plan appears to have been removed from a volume, made about 1719 or later, of manuscript maps and plans of sieges. Other maps, perhaps in a different hand but, apparently from the same volume, are scattered throughout the collection: RCINs [724090], 725007, 725009, 725011, 725013, 725021, 725023, 725027, 725030, 725032, 725041, [725044], 725045, 725047, [725055], 725074, 725087, 725098, 726007, 726014, 726022, 726041, 726045, 726053, 726065, 726073, 726080, 726086, 726090, 727004, 727007, 727011, 727013, 727014.

Condition: one fold line. Verso: remains of old guard along centre fold; induced discolouration.
  • Anonymous (cartographer)


  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, a ‘4’ suspending the initials WR below; countermark: IV

    Condition: one fold line. Verso: remains of old guard along centre fold; induced discolouration

  • Scale: not stated. 1:12,000 approx.

    37.0 x 53.3 cm (neatline)

    38.1 x 54.5 cm (image)

    52.6 x 73.8 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plann de La Ville de / RAtZEBURG / Attaque de anno 1693 [bottom left, in rectangular panel]


    George III heading: Ratzeburg attacked by the King of Denmark in his War with the Duke of Brunswick – 31 August – 4 Sept.r 1693.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, ink:] 14. (Verso) [top right, ink:] 14; [bottom, right of centre, red pencil:] 3/145 [and in black pencil:] 2/[?]; [top, right of centre, erased, black pencil:] Ratzeburg [and in black pencil, illegible words]; [top, right, erased, black pencil:] 1693.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Ratzeburg Plan dessiné de la Ville de Ratzeburg attaquée par le Roi de Dannemarck depuis le 31 d’Aoust jusqu’au 4 de Septembre 1693.

  • Subject(s)

    Ratzeburg, Schleswig Holstein, Germany (53°42'00"N 10°46'01"E)

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  • 4 June 2024