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Auction 161, Lot 1

"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 (published)


Color: Black & White

3.3 x 5.5 inches
8.4 x 14 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, ten engraved portraits, 642 pages and an extended index. Beautifully rebound in full leather with four raised bands, tan title label, and gilt tooling on spine.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) #31.

Condition: B+

Engravings have minor toning and soiling, and there are faint pencil markings on the Leo Belgicus. There is an ink stain on bottom edge of text block. New binding is pristine.

Estimate: $600 - $750

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/8/2017