Folio (365 x 240 mm.), contemporary paper boards, spine perished, with contemporary blank endpapers, worn. With typographic title page printed in red and black, pp. 61 and 4 large folding engraved maps, each with holes in the centre as if they once contained a tag.
This work is attributed to Jean Tronchin Du Breuil (1640-1721) and was published by Henri van Bulderen (1683-1713). The two Siege’s of Namur in 1692 and 1695 are considered the two defining moments of the Nine Year’s War (1688-97), or War of the Grand Alliance. In the first siege of 1692, France captured the town of Namur. The second led by Menno van Coenhoorn (1641-1704), counterpart of Vauban, ended in its recapture by the Grand Alliance and is considered William III’s greatest military victory. This work was printed by the order of William III according to Barbier. ‘A battery of 200 guns was established and on 21 August began a continuous 24 hour bombardment of the Citadel’s lower defences; assaults on the resulting breaches were extremely bloody, including 3,000 casualties in three hours on 30 August but the defenders surrendered on 4 September’ (Wikipedia). The work contains 4 folding maps by Nicolas Visscher:
“Plan des lignes et campements”,
“Carte particulière des mouvements faits”,
“Plan du camp”
“Plan de la Ville & Château de Namur”,
Barbier IV 213; STCN 851159915.