Catalog Archive
Auction 153, Lot 59

"Journal de la Belgique. Pieces Officielles. Nouvelles Diverses",

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Low Countries

Period: 1815 (published)


Color: Black & White

9.3 x 11.3 inches
23.6 x 28.7 cm

This is a four-page publication of the Journal De La Belgique from June 15, 1815, in French, giving news from around Europe. The journal used a miniature version of the Leo Belgicus map as their logo. The Leo Belgicus, in which the Low Countries were depicted in the form of a lion, was one of the highpoints in the Golden Age of mapmaking. This version is based on the original 1538 Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with a paw raised and holding a shield. The shield bears the motto, L'Union Fait la Force, which translates as "Unity Gives Strength." Two tax stamps appear to the right of the title. The Leo Belgicus measures 1.4 x 1.7".


Condition: B+

The map itself is clean and bright. The bifolium has several extraneous creases and a faint damp stain at bottom.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $65

Closed on 5/20/2015