This beautifully drawn and engraved bird's-eye view was published by van Mews & Sowerin, Amsterdam. The view shows the island and harbor illustrating Admiral De Ruyter's unsuccessful attempt to take the island from the French in 1674 during the Third Anglo-Dutch War. The scene shows numerous ships preparing for battle, dozens of soldiers marching to the fight, and cannons firing on their enemy. Read more about the history of Martinique here. The view has a simple compass rose, and numerous elements are lettered and numbered, but is without a key.
A stunning and very early impression with the ink standing proudly on the paper that can be felt by the finger. On thin hand laid paper with very wide margins and large watermark. An extra crease along centerfold, otherwise fine.
Estimate: $120 - $160
Sold for: $75
Closed on 2/16/2011
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