1705 Battle of Friedlingen, fought near Basle in in October 1702 - N. De Fer
Plan de la Bataille de Fredelingue Gagnee Sur les Imperiaux par L'Armee duy Roy Commandee par Mr. le Marquis de Villars le 14 Octorbre 1702
Published in Paris, 1705
Detailed battle plan, showing the Battle of Friedlingen, fought near Basle in in October 1702.
The Battle of Friedlingen was fought in 1702 between France and the Holy Roman Empire. The Imperial forces were led by Louis William, Margrave of Baden-Baden, while the French were led by Claude Louis Hector de Villars. The French were victorious. The French were seeking to expand their influence on the eastern bank of the river Rhine. In the autumn of 1702, Villars received orders from Louis XIV to attack Swabia. The French forces needed to join their Bavarian allies and defeat the Imperial troops that stood between them.
The French crossed the Rhine at Weil am Rhein, just north of Basle October 14, 1702. Villars attacked the Imperial army at Friedlingen. The future field marshal Louis William entrenched his army and managed to hold the French for some time. He then retreated to the North.
Depicts the Swiss towns of Huningen, Riehen etc.
42 x 30 cm.
Nicholas de Fer (1646-1720) was the son of a map seller, Antoine de Fer, and grew to be one of the most well-known mapmakers in France in the seventeenth century. He was apprenticed at twelve years old to Louis Spirinx, an engraver. When his father died in 1673, Nicholas helped his mother run the business until 1687, when he became the sole proprietor.