"De Bello Belgico", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.
Subject: Title Pages, Low Countries
Period: 1701 (published)
Color: Hand Color
2.6 x 4.8 inches
6.6 x 12.2 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 wonderful, miniature version of the Leo Belgicus is based on the original 1583 Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with a paw raised and holding a shield. It is beautifully engraved with a strapwork cartouche below the lion. This is one of the smallest versions of all the Leos. This version of the Leo Belgicus is not in Tooley's list of variants (MCC-7). The De Bello Belgico, written by Famianus Strada, a Jesuit and teacher at the Collegium Romanum in Rome, was a pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic book on the Dutch war of independence.
See also lot 743 for H.A.M. van der Heijden's fascinating book on Leo Belgicus.
A dark impression with a hint of toning and binding holes in the left blank margin.