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CNOBBARI, J. - De Bello Belgico decas secunda II Famiani Stradae. . .

CNOBBARI, J. -  De Bello Belgico decas secunda II Famiani Stradae. . .
De Bello Belgico decas secunda II Famiani Stradae. . . - CNOBBARI, J.
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Title : De Bello Belgico decas secunda II Famiani Stradae. . ..
Map maker : CNOBBARI, J..
Date : Antwerp, 1648.
Size : 6.1 x 3.6 inches. / 15.5 x 9.2 cm.
Colouring : Uncoloured.

Description :Popular Leo Belgicus map, included in Famiani Stradae Romani e Societate Iesu de bello Belgico decas secunda... . published by Cnobbari, Antwerp 1648.
The Bello Belgico , written by Famianus Strada (1572-1649), Jesuit and teacher at the Collegium Romanum in Rome, was a pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic book on the Dutch war of independence.

Among the greatest decorative works of early cartography is a series of arresting maps showing The Netherlands and Belgium in the shape of a lion. The various versions of these so-called Leo Belgicus maps are all rare. The use of the shape of a lion in the depiction of the two countries arose in part from the fact that their actual shape is vaguely leonine. This commanding image was an apt symbol for a nation on the verge of unprecedented wealth and power. Secondly, the lion had long figured in the national iconography of the area, most of the coats-of-arms of the 17 provinces of the countries feature a lion.
Three vessels on the stippled sea, wind rose and sea monster beneath the curl of the lion's tail.
Condition : Paper slightly browned and light water stain in upper part. Dark impression with good margins.

ID: 34252

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