Specially the folding historical engravings are of a high standard.
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. Editions in Italian, Dutch, French, Spanish and even in the Polish language followed, but only the Latin and Dutch editions have the lion maps.
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.
Reference: Van der Heijden, Leo Belgicus 14, Pohler I, 229. De Backer-S. VII, 1611.
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