Frankfurt: Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato, 1673.
View. Uncolored copper engraving. Image measures 11.5 x 15.75".
This striking 1673 view depicts a scene from the important naval battle during the Third Anglo-Dutch War. The Battle of Solebay took place on 7 June 1672 at Sole Bay near Suffolk, England. Fought between the Kingdom of England and the Dutch Republic and a part of the larger Franco-Dutch War, the Battle of Solebay was the first battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War. The Dutch fleet comprised on 75 ships under the command of Lieutenant-Admirals Michiel de Ruyter, Adriaen Banckert and Willem Joseph van Ghent while the joint Anglo-French fleet consisted on 93 ships under the command of James Duke of York, Edward Montagu, and Jean II d'Estrées. Although both sides suffered huge losses, the battle ended inconclusively with both sides claiming victory.
This view appeared in Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato's "Teatro del Belgio". It is in good condition with minor wear and verso repairs along the original centerfold and minor foxing. Plate number scuffed off.
Galeazzo Gualdo Priorato (1606 - 1678) was an Italian writer and historian who led a life as a soldier. In 1663 he was appointed the court historian by Emperor Leopold. After retiring in 1664 he wrote several historical works, including his most famous "History of the wars of Ferdinand II and Ferdinand III of Habsburg emperors and the King Philip IV of Spain against Gustavus Adolphus, King of Sweden and Louis XIII, King of France". This is a beautiful example of his work.