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Auction 104, Lot 4

"De Bello Belgico…", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1651 (dated)


Color: Black & White

5.4 x 7.2 inches
13.7 x 18.3 cm
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Among the most interesting decorative works of cartography is a series of arresting maps showing The Netherlands and Belgium in the shape of a lion. This version of the Leo Belgicus is based on the original Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with the right paw raised and holding a shield. "De Bello Belgico", written by Famianus Strada, a Jesuit and teacher at the Collegium Romanum in Rome, was a pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic book on the Dutch war of independence.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) Leo Belgicus, #29, plt. IX.

Condition: A

Minor foxing in margins. Professionally remargined at bottom.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/10/2003