"Novus XVII. Inferioris Germaniae Provinciarum [Leo Belgicus]", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.
Subject: Title Pages - Belgium and Netherlands
Period: 1653 (published)
Color: Hand Color
5.2 x 7.2 inches
13.2 x 18.3 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) #30.
Issued folded, now flattened with the binding trim expertly replace and a hint of toning along the left side.