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Print with titles in Dutch and Latin
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Spanish fleet under command of Gaztañeta landing troops and ammunition on island of Sicily July 2 1718 for subsequent capture of Palermo,.
Superb ship graphics.
Copper engraving. Based on totality of engravings offered for sale, it looks to be original drawing by Adolf van der Laan (1685?-1755), engraved by Leon Schenk, printed by Peter Schenk the Younger, Amsterdam, around 1730.
Print slight cut-down at bottom (based on far left border - top print, extracted from book?)
Scarce.Condition: very nice, slight age browning.
Peter Schenk the Younger (born 15 February 1693 in Amsterdam; died: 14 January 1775) was a Dutch engraver and map publisher active in Leipzig.
He was the son of the engraver and map publisher Peter Schenk the Elder who owned a shop in Liepzig and travelled regularly between there and Amsterdam in the 17th century. In 1715 Peter the Younger traveled to Liepzig in order to sell some paintings by Jan van Huchtenburgh and Jan and Willem van Mieris.
War of the Quadruple Alliance
Meanwhile, in July, 1718, the Spaniards, this time with 30,000 men, including four regiments of Dragoons, again led by the Marquis of Lede, and a fleet of 350 ships, and over 250 pieces of artillery, invaded Sicily, which had been awarded to the Duke of Savoy. They took Palermo on 7 July and then divided their army in two. De Lede followed the coast to besiege Messina between 18 July and 30 September, while the Duke of Montemar conquered the rest of the island.
The French, Austrians, and British now demanded Spanish withdrawal from Sicily and Sardinia. The attitude of Victor Amadeus II of Savoy was ambiguous, as he agreed to negotiate with Cardinal Alberoni to form an anti-Austrian alliance.
On 11 August, at the Battle of Cape Passaro, a British fleet, led by Sir George Byng, effectively eliminated the Spanish fleet stationed off Sicily. This was followed in the autumn by the landing of a small Austrian army, assembled in Naples by the Austrian Viceroy Count Wirich Philipp von Daun, near Messina to lift the siege by the Spanish forces. The Austrians were defeated in the First Battle of Milazzo on 15 October, and only held a small bridgehead around Milazzo.