Auction 113, Lot 8

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

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1648 (circa)

Publication: De Bello Belgico

Color: Hand Color

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.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) #25.

Condition: A

Margin extended at binding side to better accommodate framing.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,300

Sold for: $1,400

Closed on 12/7/2005