Good attractive important bird's-eye plan of La Rochelle .
"La Rochelle is a city in France and highly famed because of its position on the Atlantic Ocean. It is extraordinary how well-fortified it is, with massive and strong ramparts and parapets, and how astonishingly pleasant its position is. La Rochelle has been granted higher privileges and freedoms than all other cities by the kings, so that the citizens have the power to elect among themselves a mayor and aldermen, who preside over the city assiduously. They permit no outside government, no soldiers, not even a castle for their protection and defence, nor do they have any need of one; the sole exception is a tower in which they keep their instruments of war."
Uncoloured as issued
From Civitates Orbis Terrarum
Ref : Van der Krogt 4, 2219; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.160.