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        Ms. 988, Tome 3, fol. 39 Map of the town and citadel of Saint-Martin, Ile de R�, from the 'Atlas Louis XIV', 1683-88

        Vauban, Sebastien Le Prestre de (1633-1707); French. Medium: pen, ink & gouache on paper. Carte de la ville et citadelle de Saint-Martin en l'Ile de R�; Recueil des cartes des places de guerre des provinces du royaume dit 'Atlas Louis XIV'; the reign of Louis XIV was a great period for French cartography, when mapping became an important tool in royal administration, planning and military strategy; the star defence design of the fortifications begun in the 1670's and completed by 1702 are typical of the many similar designs of Vauban, the foremost military engineer of the 17th century; Provenance: Service Historique de L'Armee et de L'Air, Vincennes, France. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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