Auction 148, Lot 5

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

Subject: Title Pages, Low Countries

Period: 1649 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

3.7 x 6.4 inches
9.4 x 16.3 cm

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 version is based on the original 1583 Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with a paw raised and holding a shield. This is one of the larger of the Famianus Strada versions, used as a frontispiece for part one of his pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic book on the Dutch war of independence. It is beautifully engraved with a stippled sea filled with ships and a sea monster. While the miniature Leo Belgicus maps are occasionally found on the market, the larger ones are quite rare.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) #26.

Condition: A

A nice impression with attractive color and marginal soiling. Professionally remargined at left to accommodate framing.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $600

Closed on 2/19/2014