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Caspar Von Merian (1627-86)

Battle of Herbsthausen, 1645

Eÿgentliche Delineation des Treffens Zwischen Chur Beÿr: und Frantzo: Armee unter com[m]endo deren Generaln Mercÿ und Tureno den 5. May. A. 1645 1645 or later

Etching; view and map printed on one sheet of paper; letterpress text pasted to bottom right; mounted on paper (Mount Type B) | 14.4 x 20.0 cm (image of small-scale map) | RCIN 723055

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A high oblique view and map of the Battle of Herbsthausen (near Mergentheim), fought on 5 May 1645 between the Bavarian-Imperial army, commanded by Field Marshal Franz von Mercy (d.3 August 1645) and the French, commanded by Henri de la Tour d'Auvergne (11 September 1611-27 July 1675), resulting in a Bavarian-Imperial victory. Thirty Years War (1618-1648). Oriented with west to top.

A slightly different engraving of this image was published in vol.5 (1647) of Merian's Theatrum Europeaum and between pages 714 and 715 of the 1651 edition and between pages 570 and 571 of the 1707 edition.

  • Caspar Von Merian (1627-86) (printmaker)

  • Watermark: View and map: none visible. Text: None visible. Mount: none.

    Condition: one fold line; creased; some foxing

  • 14.4 x 20.0 cm (image of small-scale map)

    14.1 x 15.7 cm (neatline of small-scale map)

    20.5 x 28.0 cm (neatline of view)

    16.6 x 8.1 cm (text sheet)

    36.1 x 28.3 cm (sheet)

    44.9 x 33.2 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    Eÿgentliche Delineation des Treffens Zwischen Chur Beÿr: und Frantzo: Armee unter com[m]endo deren Generaln Mercÿ und Tureno den 5. May. A. 1645. [view]

    Additional text:

    [view, left, a key, A-G, to the movements of the French army, and H-I, K-Q, to the positions of the Bavarian army.]

    [Map, left, a key, A-E, to places and roads, and 1-17 to the Bavarian foot and horse regiments.]

    [Letterpress text begins:] [Wenn] die Reichsvölcker in guter anzahl remontirt worden und also bey / der Armada wider angelangt ...

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Battle of Mergentheim 5 May 1645.

    Other annotations: none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Mergentheim Eygentliche Delineation des Treffens bey Mergenthal zwischen Chur Beyr: und Frantzo: Armee unter commendo deren Generaln Mercy und Tureno den 5 May 1645. [with a small Map of the Environs of Mergentheim and a 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)

    Bad Mergentheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (49°29ʹ33ʺN 09°46ʹ25ʺE)

    Herbsthausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (49°24ʹ21ʺN 09°49ʹ53ʺE)

  • 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. 3168

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