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

Covens & Mortier : Amsterdam (Johannes Covens (1697-1774) and Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783))

Ostend, 1706

PLAN vande Gelegenhyd der Stad OSTENDE 1721 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper | Scale: 1:18,500 approx. | RCIN 725073

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A map of Ostend and environs, besieged by the Allied army, commanded by Henry, Count of Nassau, Lord of Overkirk [Hendrik van Nassau, Heer van Ouderkerk] (1640-1708), from 7 June to its surrender on 8 July 1706. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with north-north-west to top (compass rose).

The publication of this map must have post-dated the founding of Covens' and Mortiers' company on 20 November 1721. It covers an area extending approximately from Bredene (51°14'05"N 02°58'32"E) in the north-east to Leffingen (Leffinge 51°10'33"N 02°53'01"E) in the south-west. The encamped regiments of the Allied army are shown and named; the approach works to the south-west of Ostend are also marked.

  • Covens & Mortier : Amsterdam (Johannes Covens (1697-1774) and Cornelis Mortier (1699-1783)) (publisher) [top, following on from title:] uytgegeven door JOHANNES COVENS en CORNELIS MORTIER te AMSTERDAM.

  • Watermark: [Countermark?:] WM

    Condition: one fold line; about 5 cms have been trimmed from the bottom margin. Verso: some smudged offsetting; bottom, right of centre, ghosting from the top portion of Cumberland's cipher label, the rest trimmed

  • Scale: 1:18,500 approx. Echelle de 200 Toises [21 mm =].

    40.3 x 52.1 cm (neatline)

    40.8 x 52.7 cm (image)

    41.6 x 53.2 cm (platemark)

    48.3 x 63.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    PLAN vande Gelegenhyd der Stad OSTENDE. [across top centre of map]

    Additional text:

    [top left, in Dutch, a key, 1-23; a-h, to various locations in and around Ostend:] VERKLARING. [Top right, in rectangular panel, the same key in French:] EXPLICATION [top, below title, in Dutch, a key: A-I, K-S, to the quarters and camps of the Allied army, and their trenches and batteries.]


    George III heading: Ostend 17 June - 8 July 1706.

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [top right, black pencil:] 46.; [bottom right, ink:] B; [bottom right, black pencil, beneath ink:] 8; [right of centre, red pencil:] 31.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Ostend Plan du Siege d'Ostende en 1706: chez Covens et Mortier.

  • 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)

    Oostende, Flanders, Belgium (51°13'24"N 02°54'42"E)