Auction 108, Lot 5

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

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1649 (dated)

Publication: De Bello Belgico

Color: Hand Color

Size:
3.6 x 6.3 inches
9.1 x 16 cm

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 east 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.

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Condition: A+

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $700

Closed on 9/29/2004

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