Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 2

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

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1658 (published)


Color: Hand Color

2.8 x 5 inches
7.1 x 12.7 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 wonderful, miniature version of the Leo Belgicus is based on the original 1583 Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with the right paw raised and holding a shield. The 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) #31.

Condition: A

A lovely impression with close margins, as issued.

Estimate: $900 - $1,200


Closed on 3/6/2007