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The Siege of Lerida during the War of Spanish Succession (1707)

Fine early view of Lerida on the Serge River, with an illustration of a siete in the valley below the town, published in Bodenehr's Curioses Staats und Kriegs Theatrum.

The view shows the French troops under Marshall James Duke of Berwick and Philipped II Duke of Orleans, attacking the town of Lerida which was then held by Prince Henry of Hesse. The battle began in July 1707 and the town fell in September 1707 and the garrisohn in the citadel on the hill fell 6 weeks later on November 14, 1707.

The Bodenehr family of engravers and publishers of Augsburg began with Johannes Georg Bodenehr (1631 - 1704), a publisher of atlases and geographical books. His son Gabriel Bodenehr (1664 - 1758) took over the plates of Johann Stridbeck (1640 - 1716) and revised and issued them together with many other own views and maps in his books and atlases. In 1758 Georg Christian Kilian (1709 - 1781) took over his the publishing house.

Gabriel Bodenehr Biography

Gabriel Bodenehr the Elder (ca. 1673-ca. 1766) was a German engraver and publisher. He originated views of many German cities, for example the first plan of Passau (1710), and is best known for his Atlas Curieux (1704). His son, Gabriel the Younger (1705-1779), followed his father in his profession and was also a well-known engraver.