Catalog Archive
Auction 138, Lot 3

"De Bello Belgico Decas I. Famiani Stradae Rom. Soc. Iesu", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.

Subject: Title Pages

Period: 1649 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

3.8 x 6.3 inches
9.7 x 16 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 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. This version is beautifully engraved with a stippled sea filled with ships, a sea monster and a compass rose. 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. Published in Antwerp by Joannis Cnobbari.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) #26.

Condition: A

Lightly toned.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $1,100

Closed on 12/7/2011