The Valchiavenna

By MANGONI, Giulio, 1625 

Disegno del Lago di Val Chiavenna coi posti fortificati e difesi dall’Illmo. Sre. il Conte Giovanni Sorbellino Mastro di Camp. d’Infanteria Italian per Sva Mta. et Governatore della Sua Gente alla Riva et Lago di Como.SRE.

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  • Author: MANGONI, Giulio
  • Publication place: Milan
  • Publisher: Giovanni Paulo Bianchi
  • Publication date: 1625.
  • Physical description: Engraved map with letterpress pasted below.
  • Dimensions: 510 by 372mm. (20 by 14.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 11365

Notes

The Valchiavenna is an Alpine valley, once strategically important as route across the Alps, past Lake Como to Milan.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, Count Giovanni Serbellone, military governor of the county, was tasked with fortifying this area; this plan, drawn by the military engineer Giulo Magnoni and engraved by Giovanni Paulo Bianchi, depicts the works constructed, linked to a letterpress key pasted below.