Lot 186 of 312:
View of Belgium port of Ostend, 1618  

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$300 - $500


Braun & Hogenberg





Copper-engraved bird's-eye view, hand-colored. 34.7x45.8 cm (13¾x18").

View of the Belgian port of Ostend, after the engraving by Floris Balthasar done in 1604, showing the Belgian port of Ostend during the Spanish Siege of 1601-1604. Ostend was the only Dutch possession in Spanish-controlled Flanders at the end of the 16th century, and in 1601 it was besieged by Austrian forces, initiating an  "carnival of death" (as one author described it) over a period of three years before falling in September of 1604. The soldiers and guns of both sides are visible, some apparently wounded or dead. Published in the sixth volume of  Civitates orbis terrarvm.

Lot Amendments

Mottled discoloration or foxing to margins, affecting slightly the edges of the image, small hole in the image near left edge caused by the coloring; very good.

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