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Rare map of the area centered on Haguenau in the Bas-Rhin department of France, oriented with south at the top. The map shows troop movements and encampments in the area during the War of the Spanish Succession.

The map shows the region west of the Rhine River, extending from Fort Louis on the Rhine in the east to the area around Lichtenberg in the west. Bischwiller and Haguenau are shown.

The War of the Spanish Succession in 1705 was in full statement as the Dutch tried to cross the Rhine and attack France itself. This map shows troop movements from that campaign. However, the untimely death of Emporer Leopold I in May of that year prevented the Dutch from advancing too far.

This map was published in Matthaus Merian's Theatrum Europeaum.

Condition Description
Two sheets, joined.
Matthaus Merian Biography

Mathaus Merian (1593-1650) was the father of engraver Matthäus the Younger, and of the painter, engraver, and naturalist Maria Sibylla Merian. He was born in Basel, Switzerland and trained in engraving in Zurich. After a time in Nancy, Paris and Strasbourg, he settled in Frankfurt. While there, he worked for Johann Theodor de Bry, the publisher and son of the travel writer. In 1617, he married Maria Magdalena de Bry, Johann Theodor’s daughter. In 1623, Merian took over the de Bry publishing house upon the death of his father-in-law. Merian’s best known works are detailed town views which, due to their accuracy and artistry, form a valuable record of European urban life in the first half of the sixteenth century