15 Map of the island of Oléron, / Virtual Map Fair 163


Description: TAVERNIER, M.
Title: Carte de la Coste de La Rochelle a Brouaige et de l'Isle d'Oleron Observee par le S.r de Chattillon ingenieur du Roy.
Published in: Paris, 1627

Size: 15.4 x 20.1 inches.
39.0 x 51.0 cm.

In attractive strong original colours.
Condition: Brown spot in lower margin, just affecting lower scale. Very good condition, in very fine contemporary colours.
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En carton: Costes de France et d'Angleterre. Map of the island of Oléron, with an inset in lower left corner showing the route of an English fleet to La Rochelle.
At the time of mapping the area was a stronghold of the Protestant Huguenots, under siege by the Catholic monarchy under the control of the infamous Cardinal Richelieu. In events forming the background to Alexandre Dumas's novel 'The Three Musketteers', Charles I of England sent the Duke of Buckingham and a fleet of 90 ships and 10,000 men to relieve La Rochelle. The expedition was a failure and the next year Richelieu took the town, causing the Huguenot diaspora to England and America.
Reference: Pastoureau, Tavernier II A, (39).
  • Number: 1630422
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum

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