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Antique plans of fortified towns and cities by Nicolas de Fer (1705)

 

 We’ve just listed 180 decorative maps and prints by Nicolas de Fer, from “a la Sphere Royale” (1705).  These detailed plans and views depict fortified towns and cities, islands, battles, and military and civil engineering projects. Most of the plans are of cities in European countries including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Malta & the Ukraine. Other plans cover the cities of Quebec, Constantinople (Istanbul) and Batavia (now Jakarta). The maps include the French islands of Île de Ré and Belle-Île-en-Mer. There are three fascinating plans showing the route of the unfinished Canal de l’Eure, Louis XIV’s ruinously expensive vanity project to supply water to the fountains at Versailles. A number of the maps depict sieges, bombardments or military engagements of the then fairly recent Nine Years’ War (1688-97). De Fer was appointed cartographer to Louis, Dauphin of France, and later to both Philip V and Louis XIV, kings of Spain and France respectively. These maps and plans are scarce, and we only have one of each. We show 20 of our favourites below.

 

‘Veue de Barcelone. Capitale de Catalogne’. Barcelona, Catalonia. DE FER, 1705

£ 159

US$ 232
€ 207

Battle of Quebec (1690). Quebec City & St. Lawrence River. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 274

US$ 400
€ 356

‘Turin’. Torino. Plan of town/city & fortifications. Italy. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 114

US$ 166
€ 148

Villefranche-sur-Mer Nice Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat Alpes-Maritimes. DE FER 1705 map

£ 109

US$ 159
€ 142

‘Veue de Constantinople’. View of Istanbul. Bosphorus Galata Turkey. DE FER 1705

£ 129

US$ 188
€ 168

‘Vieilles et nouvelles fortif. de Malthe’. Valletta, Malta plan. DE FER 1705 map

£ 274

US$ 400
€ 356

‘Bruselles’. Brussels Bruxelles. Fortified town/city plan. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 159

US$ 232
€ 207

Luxembourg. Plan of town/city & fortifications. DE FER, 1705 antique map

£ 114

US$ 166
€ 148

‘L’Isle de Re de Basse Marée’. Île de Ré. Charente-Maritime. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 109

US$ 159
€ 142

‘Pignerol’. Pinerolo. Plan of town/city & fortifications. Italy. DE FER 1705 map

£ 44.99

US$ 66
€ 58

Antibes. Plan of town/city & fortifications. Alpes-Maritimes. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 109

US$ 159
€ 142

‘Les environs des Francfort’. Frankfurt am Main. Hessen. DE FER, 1705 old map

£ 114

US$ 166
€ 148

‘Gothebourg’. Gothenburg Göteborg town/city plan. Sweden. DE FER, 1705 old map

£ 99

US$ 145
€ 129

‘Stetin’. Szczecin Stettin. Fortified town/city plan. Poland. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 84

US$ 123
€ 109

‘Veue de Nice’. View of the city of Nice, Alpes-Maritimes. DE FER, print 1705

£ 109

US$ 159
€ 142

‘Marquisat et gouvernement de Bell-Isle’. Belle-Île-en-Mer. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 71.99

US$ 105
€ 94

Amsterdam. Plan of town/city & fortifications. Netherlands. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 114

US$ 166
€ 148

‘Hambourg’. Hamburg. Fortifed town/city plan. Germany. DE FER, 1705 old map

£ 89

US$ 130
€ 116

Canal de l’Eure 3: Rambouillet-Trappes-Versailles. Chevreuse. DE FER, 1705 map

£ 71.99

US$ 105
€ 94

‘Carte de la rade et des environs de Brest’. Roadstead Finistère DE FER 1705 map

£ 71.99

US$ 105
€ 94

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