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Auction 189, Lot 55

"De Bello Belgico [bound in] Famiani Stradae Romani e Societate Iesu de Bello Belgico Decas Secunda...", Strada, Famiamo, S.J.

Subject: Cartographic Miscellany, Title Pages, Low Countries

Period: 1648 (published)


Color: Black & White

2.8 x 4.9 inches
7.1 x 12.4 cm
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This volume contains one of the most famous of all cartographic curiosities, 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 high points in the Golden Age of mapmaking. This volume includes one of the smallest of all the Leos, De Bello Belgico, (2.8 x 4.9") as the frontispiece. 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. Written by Famianus Strada, a Jesuit and teacher at the Collegium Romanum in Rome, this volume presents a pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic view on the Dutch War of Independence. Also included are a title page, nine engraved portraits, 642 pages, and an extended index. 24mo. Contemporary vellum binding with manuscript ink title on spine.


Condition: A

There is a small, light dampstain at top of the first few pages in the volume that is faintly visible on the Leo Belgicus. The volume is generally clean and bright. There is some old manuscript ink writing on the title page and a chip at top right. The vellum covers are lightly soiled and creased along the fore-edge.

Estimate: $900 - $1,100

Sold for: $550

Closed on 9/14/2022