Etching/engraving on hand laid (verge) paper with watermark (not visible in every sheet). on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 38.5 x 28.5 cm. The image size is ca. 35.5 x 23.5 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 15.2 x 11.2 inch. The image size is ca. 14 x 9.3 inch.
Antique map, titled: ‘Breda fortified with new workes after the comming of spinola. ‘, it shows a plan of the Dutch city of Breda, with the additional fortifications built after the arrival of Spinola. It shows several landmarks around the city, beside the details of the fortification. This print originates from Herman Hugo’s ‘The Siege of Breda by the Armes of Phillip the Fourth.’, by Herman Hugo, published in 1627, which is the English translation of ‘Obsidis Bredana, sub Ambrosio Spinola.’ (edition in 1626 and 1629), an eye-witness account of the ten-month siege of the fortress of Breda in 1625 by Spanish forces led by Spinola.Artists and Engravers: The author of this work is Herman Hugo (1588-1629). He was a Jesuit priest, writer and military chaplain. His is best known for his spiritual emblem book ‘Pia Desideria’. Artist and engraver for this work unknown, to be determined. Published by Balthasar Moretus at the Plantin Press.
Condition: Fair, given age. Original middle fold, as issued. Browned in the middle fold. Several creases in the image. A tear in the middle fold, backed with contemporary paper and acid-free archival tape. Right margin cropped to the platemark, extended using contemporary paper and acid-free archival tape. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE MAP-BREDA-FORTIFICATION-SPINOLA-CITY-HERMAN HUGO