"Hesdinum", Blaeu, Johannes
Subject: Northern France
Period: 1649 (circa)
Publication: Novum ac Magnum Theatrum Urbium Belgicae Foederatae
Color: Hand Color
19.7 x 15.1 inches
50 x 38.4 cm
This lovely bird's-eye plan of the town of Hesdin in northern France appeared in Blaeu's great town book of the Netherlands just ten years after the French re-captured the town under the command of Louis XIII. It depicts fortifications, a moat around the town, numerous buildings, churches, and a castle surrounded by a smaller moat. The Canche River courses through town. A coat-of-arms appears at top left, with a blank coat-of-arms in the opposite corner.
On a watermarked sheet with light toning in the blank margins, and several short tears along the sheet's edges. There are remnants of hinge tape on verso.