Etching/engraving on hand laid (verge) paper with watermark (not visible in every sheet). on paper.
Size in cm: The overall size is ca. 19.5 x 27 cm. The image size is ca. 15 x 23 cm. Size in inch: The overall size is ca. 7.7 x 10.6 inch. The image size is ca. 5.9 x 9.1 inch.
Antique map, titled: ‘Spinolaes first encamping before Breda – The first entrenching of Breda with a double trench of slight worke’, it shows two maps of the siege and fortifications of Breda during the Eighty Years’ War, 1624. 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: Very good, given age. Binding holes in the right margin, closed with contemporary paper. A crease in the bottom margin (not affecting image). Image a little faded. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
Keywords: ANTIQUE MAP-BREDA-SIEGE-MAP-FORTIFICATION-EIGHTY YEARS’ WAR-HERMAN HUGO