Catalog Archive
Auction 121, Lot 1

"De Bello Belgico Decas Prima Famian Stradae Rom. Soc. Iesu Edition III", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1640 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

3.8 x 5.7 inches
9.7 x 14.5 cm
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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) #18.

Condition: B+

Near invisible reinforcement of upper left margin and extension of lower margin with skillful facsimile of neatline on the bottom.

Estimate: $950 - $1,100

Sold for: $900

Closed on 9/26/2007