Auction 117, Lot 493

"Marchionatus Sacri Imperi", La Feuille, Daniel de

Subject: Belgium

Period: 1710 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9 x 6 inches
22.9 x 15.2 cm

Attractive small map featuring Antwerp and its vicinity. It provides excellent detail for its scale, including numerous fortifications, polders, forests, roads and even windmills. The fascinating cartouche features a man holding a severed hand, with two handless men next to him, in allusion to the legend of Brabo, who rescued Antwerp from a giant who cut the hands off of sailors after they refused to pay him a toll on the river. Brabo defeated the giant, and then he flung the giant's severed hand intro the River Scheldt. There is a bronze fountain in Antwerp's Grote Markt commemorating this event.


Condition: B+

Faint toning along fold, else very good with a very sharp impression.

Estimate: $95 - $130


Closed on 12/6/2006