Auction 112, Lot 4

"Novus XVII. Inferioris Germaniae Provinciarum [Leo Belgicus]", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.

Subject: Title Pages - Belgium and The Netherlands

Period: 1648 (published)

Publication: De Bello Belgico Decas Prima

Color: Black & White

5.2 x 7 inches
13.2 x 17.8 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. The book from which this map has been separated is included (uncollated but appears to be the complete volume I). It includes several nice engraved portraits and another frontispiece. Apparently original binding covered with marbled paper.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) #25.

Condition: A

Sharp impression with one tiny spot, still very good. Folding as issued with narrow margin at binding trim.

Estimate: $800 - $900

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 9/28/2005