"Novus XVII. Inferioris Germaniae Provinciarum [Leo Belgicus]", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.
Subject: Low Countries
Period: 1643 (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. The map forms the title page for and edition of 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) #20.
Expert restoration of the right margin with repair of a binding tear and facsimile of the neatline.