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Auction 118, Lot 600

"[Lot of 2] Charle-Mont est une ville Forte du Comte de Namur [and] Charleroy, Ville forte des Pays Bas dans le comte de Namur…", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1705 (published)

Publication: Les Forces de l' Europe…

Color: Hand Color

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Pair of interesting fortification plans by the Geographer at Louis XIV's court. The first (12.5 x 7.3") depicts the important citadel at Namur on the Meuse River. This strategic point in Europe has been besieged and attacked from 1488-1914. The second (10.8 x 7.6") is a bird's-eye plan of the extensive fortifications and batteries at Charleroi and the surrounding countryside. The fortifications were built by the Spanish in 1666 and named Charle-roy after the Spanish king Charles II. It remained a vanguard against the imperialist French King Louis XIV until 1678 when the French took the new city and expanded it. Engraved by Herman van Loon.

References: Pollak #21, p. 40.

Condition: A

Light marginal stains, else fine.

Estimate: $130 - $170


Closed on 3/6/2007