"[Lot of 2] La Forteresse de Noteburg [and] Die Stadt Wieburg",
Subject: Vyborg, Russia
Period: 1720 (circa)
Color: Black & White
Two fine plans of the fortress at Vyborg, at the head of the Neva River that protected the entrance to St. Petersburg. It was captured by the Swedes in 1612 and recaptured by Peter the Great in 1710.
1) La Forteresse de Noteburg by Pieter van de Aa (6.5 x 5.3"). This view shown the fortress under Swedish occupation. It is from the travels of Adam Olearius, a German scholar, mathematician, geographer and librarian. He was secretary to the ambassador from Germany to Russia and Persia and published two books about the events and observations during his travels. The view is surrounded in a picture-frame style border and is printed on a sheet of French text (12.5 x 7.8").
2) Die Stadt Wieburg by Matthaus Merian, from the Theatrum Europaeum (14 x 10.5"). Bird's-eye plan of the fortress with a key to the important fortifications and the Russian attack in 1710.