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Auction 131, Lot 7

"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
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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 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.

Condition: B+

Issued folded, now flattened with the binding trim expertly replace and a hint of toning along the left side.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $900

Closed on 3/17/2010