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Auction 147, Lot 2

"De Bello Belgico [with book] Famiani Stradae Romani E Societate Jesu De Bello Belgico Decas Secunda", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.

Subject: Frontispiece - Low Countries

Period: 1648 (dated)


Color: Black & White

3 x 4.8 inches
7.6 x 12.2 cm
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This frontispiece is the famous Leo Belgicus, or Lion of Belgium, depicting a map of Belgium and Holland in the form of a lion. This version of the Leo Belgicus is based on the original Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with the right paw raised and holding a shield. This is one of the smallest versions of all the Leos, measuring only 2.6 x 4.8". The frontispiece appears in the popular history describing the war between the Low Countries and Spain from a pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic viewpoint. Famiamo Strada was a Jesuit and teacher at the Collegium Romanum in Rome. The book also includes a title page, nine engraved portraits, 642 pages and an extended index. Original vellum binding with raised bands and manuscript ink title on spine.

This example has the stamp of Lord Milford and the signature of Sir Erasmus Phillips in the front endpapers.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) #31.

Condition: B+

The map and text are lightly toned with marginal soiling. The binding is sound and the covers and spine are moderately soiled and bumped.

Estimate: $600 - $800

Sold for: $450

Closed on 11/20/2013