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Auction 146, Lot 4

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

Subject: Title Pages - Low Countries

Period: 1648 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

2.7 x 4.1 inches
6.9 x 10.4 cm
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The most famous of all cartographic curiosities is the Leo Belgicus, in which the Low Countries were depicted in the form of a lion. This curious form of cartography is one of the highpoints in the Golden Age of mapmaking. This wonderful, miniature version of the Leo Belgicus is based on the original 1583 Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with a paw raised and holding a shield. It is beautifully engraved with a stippled sea filled with ships, a sea monster and a compass rose. This is the smallest version of all the Leos and bears the imprint of Ioachimum van Metelen. This version of the Leo Belgicus is not in Tooley's list of variants (MCC-7). 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.


Condition: B+

There is light soiling and old manuscript writing in bottom blank margin. Remargined at right and left with a small amount of neatline at left expertly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $600 - $750


Closed on 9/4/2013