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Auction 176, Lot 693

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

Subject: Title Pages, Low Countries

Period: 1640 (dated)

Publication:

Color: Hand Color

Size:
3.8 x 5.7 inches
9.7 x 14.5 cm

Among the most interesting decorative works of cartography is a series of arresting maps showing the Netherlands and Belgium in the shape of a lion. This wonderful, miniature version of the Leo Belgicus is based on the original 1583 Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with the right paw raised and holding a shield. 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.

References: Tooley (MCC-7) #18.

Condition: A

The left and bottom margins have been professionally extended a bit.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $300

Closed on 2/12/2020

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