Auction 95, Lot 252

"Plan de la Ville et Port de Dunquerque", Beaulieu, Sebastian de Pontault

Subject: France

Period: 1670 (circa)

Publication:

Color: Black & White

Size:
21 x 17.5 inches
53.3 x 44.5 cm

Rare and beautifully engraved plan of Dunkirk by this French military engineer. The large plan shows the 1658 siege and battle of the Dunes in which English and French forces routed the Spanish forces in the dunes near the city and contributed greatly to the surrender of Dunkirk by the Spanish. The English and French encampments surround the city with each infantry company identified in a key at top and the British fleet fills the sea. The Spanish cavalry is graphically shown in the foreground of the map. Large inset plan depicts the Dunkirk and the vicinity on a larger scale. The map is richly decorated with cartouches, a compass rose, weaponry, a boldly engraved border.

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Condition: B

Professionally backed with Japanese tissue repairing top centerfold including small area of loss of engraved text in engraved text.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $750

Closed on 6/13/2001

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