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Rare battle map showing the Siege of Belgrade in 1717.

The maps show the location of the City on the Danube, with troop and ship positions.

The siege of Belgrade in 1717 occurred during the Austro-Venetian-Ottoman war which (1714 - 1718) and after the Austrian victory of Petrovaradin. The siege ended on August 17,1717 with the conquest of the stronghold by Austrian troops under the command of Prince Eugene of Savoy.

Nicolas de Fer Biography

Nicholas de Fer (1646-1720) was the son of a map seller, Antoine de Fer, and grew to be one of the most well-known mapmakers in France in the seventeenth century. He was apprenticed at twelve years old to Louis Spirinx, an engraver. When his father died in 1673, Nicholas helped his mother run the business until 1687, when he became the sole proprietor.

His earliest known work is a map of the Canal of Languedoc in 1669, while some of his earliest engravings are in the revised edition of Methode pour Apprendre Facilement la Geographie (1685). In 1697, he published his first world atlas. Perhaps his most famous map is his wall map of America, published in 1698, with its celebrated beaver scene (engraved by Hendrick van Loon, designed by Nicolas Guerard). After his death in 1720, the business passed to his sons-in-law, Guillaume Danet and Jacques-Francois Benard.