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Publisher: KAERIUS, P.
Title: Leo Belgicus.
Published in: Amsterdam, 1617
Size: 14.8 x 17.9 inches.
37.5 x 45.5 cm.

In attractive colours.
Condition: Excellent. Clean image. Some minor foxing, rippling in wide margins and some light marginal discolouration due to earlier framing. Verso reinforced centerfold.
Dark impression with strong colours.

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Engraved by the master engraver Hendrik Floris van Langren. Second state (only 2 copies known of the first state). 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, only a few examples surviving and in some cases only a solitary specimen has been located.
This particular example by Kaerius is one of the most decorative. 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.
Also, the map was a statement of unity, since at the time the 17 provinces comprised a single nation, although under the yoke of Spanish domination. Its rich ornamentation includes three couples along the bottom in the characteristic dress of the regions of Friesland, Holland and Belgium. A superb map !!
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Reference: Van der Heijden, Leo Belgicus 4.2.a. Van der Krogt 3, 3000:364B.

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