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Sieges, marches, encampments and battles in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands

? Jacobus Harrewyn (1660-1732/40)

Menen, 1706

PLAN / DU SIEGE / DE LA / VILLE DE MENIN / AVEC SES ENVIRONS, / ET / Du Campement de l’Armée des Alliés soûs le Com- / mandement de Son Excellence Mons.r le General / de Zalische pour l’Attaque de ladite Ville published 1706

Etched and engraved map; printed on paper; letterpress text and a small engraved view printed together on a separate sheet; the text and view are pasted to the right side of the map; laid down on two pieces of coarse linen, stitched together | Scale: not stated. 1:15,000 approx. | RCIN 725080

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A map of the siege of Menen, 23 July-25 August 1706, by the Allied army, commanded by General Ernst Wilhelm von Salisch (1649-1711), resulting in the surrender of the town by the French commander, the marquis de Laramain. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with south to top.

The map show the lines of circumvallation, with the army encamped in front of them, reaching from Reckem (Rekkem 50°47'01"N 03°09'48"E) in the south-east, round the hornwork at Hallewyn (Halluin 50°47'10"N 03°07'34"E), across the river Lys and around the west and northern sides of the town until the Lys is reached again.

This map and the manuscript map by Gabriel Delahaye at RCIN 725079 are very similar in detail; it is possible that one is a copy of the other.

  • ? Jacobus Harrewyn (1660-1732/40) (engraver)

    ? GL Mosburger (active 1706-29) (draughtsman)

    Fricx: Rue de la Magdaleine, Brussels (Eugène Henri Fricx (January 1644-18 December 1730)) (publisher) [bottom of letterpress text:] A BRUXELLES, Chez EUGENE HENRY FRICX, / Ruë de la Madeleine. 1706.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: one fold line; 4 to 5 cm trimmed from bottom margin; randomly spaced pinholes through map. Verso: foxing; bottom, left of centre: part of water-stained patch from the removal of Cumberland's cipher label

  • Scale: not stated. 1:15,000 approx.

    49.6 x 43.4 cm (image)

    trimmed (platemark)

    49.2 x 42.9 cm (neatline)

    50.5 x 56.6 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN / DU SIEGE / DE LA / VILLE DE MENIN / AVEC SES ENVIRONS, / ET / Du Campement de l’Armée des Alliés soûs le Com- / mandement de Son Excellence Mons.r le General / de Zalische pour l’Attaque de ladite Ville. [top right, outside map border, letterpress]

    Additional text:

    [below title: a chronology of the siege, from 23 July to 25 August 1706 followed by a key, A-I, K-M, to the town, gates, the hornwork, the great and small locks or sluices, the ship basin, the great and small pieces of land liable to flooding from the River Lys, and the area of flooding from the Geluwe stream:] RENVOY. [Followed by a continuation of the key, N-Q to the camp of the Allies, the communication bridges, the Line of circumvallation, and the park of artillery:] Pour le Camp. [Followed by a continuation of the key, R-Z, a-i, to the siegeworks:] Pour les Attaques. [Followed by a key, 1-49, to named regiments as they appear on the map:] Noms des Regiments. [Followed by a continuation of the numbered key, 50-55, named battalions:] Renfort de 6. Bataillons venant de la Grande Armée / le 8. d'Aoust. [Finishing with numbers 56-67, named battalions:] Renfort de 12. Bataillons soûs le Commandement de Monsr. le Lieutenant General Fagel venant de la Grande Armée le 14. Aoust.

    [bottom of letterpress text, a small engraved view of the siege:] VILLE DE MENIN DU COSTE DE WERWICK. [In bottom margin of view:] Cecy est fait par G.L. Mosburger Ingenieur. [Bottom right, inside border of small view:] Harrewyn fecit Brux:]. Size: 8.1 x 11.9 cm (image); 8.6 x 12.3 cm (platemark).


    George III heading [on white paper strip pasted to verso:] Menin 23 July - 25 August 1706.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top right, black pencil:] 49. (Verso) [bottom, left of centre, black pencil:] 36; [top, left of centre, obscured by linen:] 9.; [top right, obscured by linen, ink or black pencil:] 49 C; [top right, black pencil:] 49; [right of centre, red pencil:] 36; [bottom right, black pencil, obscured by linen, illegible].

    George III catalogue entry:

    Menin Plan du Siege de la Ville de Menin avec ses Environs, et du Campement de l'Armée des Alliés sous le General Zalische pour l'Attaque de la dite Ville, investie le 23.e de Juillet et prise le 25.e d'Aoust 1706: chez Friex, 1706: avec une petite Vue du Siege par Mosburger..

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)


  • Subject(s)

    Menen, Flanders, Belgium (50°47'50"N 03°07'20"E)