Auction 125, Lot 511

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

Subject: Low Countries

Period: 1643 (circa)

Publication: De Bello Belgico

Color: Hand Color

Size:
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.

Condition: B+

Expert restoration of the right margin with repair of a binding tear and facsimile of the neatline.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,000

Closed on 9/24/2008

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