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Thirty Years War (1618-48)

Maps, prints and letterpress text covering the major battles and sieges of the war


Siege of Casale Monferrato, 1630

Il nouo Dissegno dall' / Assedio di Casale / Dell’ monferrato Posto / Dal' esercito della / M. C.a Alli 23 di ma: / gio 1630 ordinata dal’ / Escg:mo Sig:r Mar:se spinola

published 1630

Engraving; printed on paper; the ink framing lines of Mount Type A are drawn directly onto the sheet; gilt edges to bottom and right | 26.1 x 41.9 cm (image) | RCIN 722055

A high oblique view/map of the position of the Spanish troops on 23 May 1630 during the second siege of Casale Monferrato, which was carried out by the Spanish, commanded by Ambrogio Spinola, 1st Marquis of the Balbases (1569-25 September 1630) and defended by Jean Caylar d’Anduze de Saint-Bonnet, Marquis de Toiras (1585-1636), from 24 May to 18 October, when the town was relieved by a supporting French army under Henri II, duc de Montmorency (1595-30 October 1632). War of the Mantuan Succession (1628-1631). Oriented with west to top.

See the notes to RCIN 722031.

This almost diagrammatic representation shows the walls of circum- and contravallation and the positions of the Spanish and Italian armies with their barracks and the quarters of Spinola and Giovanni de’ Medici. The nationalities of the various cavalry and infantry units are indicated. The quarters of a ‘ducha de lerma’ are also shown.

  • Giovanni Orlandi (active 1590-1646) (publisher)


  • Watermark: Indistinct: design in shield

    Condition: one fold line; creased; faint brown discolouration. Verso: surface dirt and black ink smudges; pressure marks from the mounts of items which were kept above and below this map/print in a different collection are present on the recto and verso

  • 26.1 x 41.9 cm (image)

    26.7 x 42.5 cm (platemark)

    26.1 x 36.6 cm (neatline)

    40.5 x 52.9 cm (sheet)

  • Printed titles

    Il nouo Dissegno dall' / Assedio di Casale / Dell’ monferrato Posto / Dal' esercito della / M. C.a Alli 23 di ma: / gio 1630 ordinata dal’ / Escg:mo Sig:r Mar:se spinola. [left, in rectangular panel]


    [top left, in rectangular panel:] AL MOLTO / I:re E PADRO = / NE MIO OSS:mo / IL OTAVIO’ / BRANCACCIO. / Iio: orlandi. D.D.D.


    George III heading: Casal 23 May 1630.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top left, black pencil:] II/45; [left of centre, black pencil:] II/35 [and, red pencil:] 1/181.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Casal Dissegno dall’ Assedio di Casale dell Monferrato posto dal’ Esercito della M.C. allli 23 di Maggio 1630, ordinata dal Marchese Spinola; stampato per G. Orlandi.

  • Subject(s)

    Casale Monferrato [Casale, Casal, Cazal], Piedmont, Italy (45°08ʹ00ʺN 08°27ʹ09ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 2927

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024

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