"Carte du Gouvernement de Valence", Beaulieu, Sebastian de Pontault
Subject: Valenza, Italy
Period: 1690 (circa)
Color: Hand Color
21 x 18 inches
53.3 x 45.7 cm
Sebastian de Pontault Beaulieu was a French military engineer who is best known for his battle plans. This superb plan shows siege of Valenza in 1656. After 70 days, the city fell to French, Savoyard and Modenese troops. The French cavalry is graphically shown in the foreground of the map. An inset below the title cartouche includes a regional map showing Valenza, Alessandria and Cassale Monferrato. The map is richly decorated with cartouches, a compass rose, weaponry, a boldly engraved border.
A few tiny tears in the blank margins, else fine. Linen hinge along centerfold on verso.