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Auction 158, Lot 50

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

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Low Countries

Period: 1815 (published)


Color: Black & White

9.1 x 10.9 inches
23.1 x 27.7 cm
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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: A

Clean and bright with minor extraneous folding.

Estimate: $200 - $230

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/22/2016