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Rare plan of the Battle of Gravelines, France, by an early anonymous 'Laferi School' mapmaker.

Extremely rare first state of this finely engraved battle plan depicts the Siege of Gravelines (near Calais, France). The Battle of Gravelines was fought on July 13, 1558 at Gravelines, near Calais, France. It occurred during the twelve-year war between France and Spain (1547-1559). The battle resulted in a Spanish victory, led by Lamoral, Count of Egmont, over the French, led by Marshal Paul de Thermes. The Spanish were supported by the English Navy, who opened fire on the French as they reached the sand dunes at Gravelines. This defeat and the loss at the Battle of St. Quentin (1557), forced Henry II of France to make peace with Philip II in the Peace of Cateau-Cambresis of 1559.

The map depicts a view of the battle and also shows the surrounding, partly burning cities between Calais, Dunkerque u. Cassel.

Condition Description
Irregular lower margin, with bottom margin extended for conservation purposes.
Tooley 604; Fauser 4890/1.