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Printed and manuscript maps, prints and views of 22 seventeenth-century wars

Giovanni Battista De Rossi (c. 1601-1678)

Jijel, 1664

Vero, e Nuouo Disegno della Pianta, e Cittá di GIGIRY in Africa presa dall’ Armata Nauale del’ Re / Christianissimo sotto il commando del Duca di Beaufort 1664 or later

Engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 25.4 x 34.9 cm (image and sheet) | RCIN 723124

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A middle oblique view of the French expedition to Jijel 22 July-30 October 1664, showing the French navy, commanded by François de Vendôme, duc de Beaufort (1616-69), and French army forces commanded by Lieutenant-General Charles-Félix de Galéan, duc de Gadagne (1620-1700) taking the port of Jijel on 22-23 July 1664. Oriented with south to top. Campaign of Louis XIV against the pirates of the Mediterranean; expedition of Jijel (1664).

Beaufort's coat of arms as grandson of Henry IV of France appear top right.

The purpose of the expedition was to establish a naval base at Jijel from which sorties could be made against the pirates of the Mediterranean. However, after three months, now lacking food and supplies, suffering from various illnesses, combined with poor organisation and quarrelling between the commanders, the French abandoned the port and fortress of Jijel.

  • Giovanni Battista Dé Rossi (c. 1601-1678) (print seller) [bottom right, at end of text:] Sistampa da Gio: Batta: Rossi nauone [bottom right, inside neatline:] sup. lic

  • Watermark: Map: star within circle, with the letter C and another indistinct letter. Backing paper: none visible. Mount: anchor, flanked by the letters L M within oval, six-pointed star above.

    Condition: brown discolouration

  • 25.4 x 34.9 cm (image and sheet)

    cropped (platemark)

    31.4 x 37.8 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Vero, e Nuouo Disegno della Pianta, e Cittá di GIGIRY in Africa presa dall’ Armata Nauale del’ Re / Christianissimo sotto il commando del Duca di Beaufort [across top of the view]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below view, a key, A-I, L-T, V, X-Z].


    George III heading: Gigiari 22 July 1664.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [along bottom margin and top of mount, black pencil; text of the old heading]. (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Gigiary Pianta della Citta di Gigiry in Africa presa (22 Luglio 1664) dall’Armata Navale del Re Christianissimo sotto il commando del Duca di Beaufort: da G.B. Rossi.

  • From the collection of Carlo Antonio dal Pozzo (1606-89) who inherited Cassiano dal Pozzo's collection and added to it; 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)

    Jijel [Gigiry, Djidjelli], Jijel, Algeria (36°49ʹ14ʺN 05°46ʹ00ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Relation veritable de ce qui s'est passe en l'Armée du Roy, commandee par M. le Duc de Beaufort, depuis son arrivée à Port-Mahon, jusques à la descente qu'elle a fait à Gigiry en Africa, Haerlem, 1664, (also in Dutch)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3244

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