De Bello Belgico Decas Secunda (Leo)

Collection: Osher Sheet Map Collection

Title: De Bello Belgico Decas Secunda (Leo)

Barcode: 432

Creator: Strada, Famianus (1572 -1649)

Publisher: Cnobbari, Johannis

Publishing Location: Netherlands

Region Depicted: Netherlands

Date Produced: 1648

Date Published: 1648

Language: Latin

Historical Context: Netherlands fight for independence from Spain.

Map Type: Geographical, Historical

Dimensions: 10 cm. x 7 cm.

Printing Process: Engraving

Printing Technique: Copper

Material Type: Paper

Notes: On the map below the lion: "Typis vidua Cnobbari" refers to the map printed by the widow of the late Johannis Cnobbari who was the publisher of Strada's history of the Netherlands. "Cum casaris et reg catholici privileg" refers to the privilege granted by the Catholic king who at this time was King Philip IV of Spain.

Brief Description: The depiction of the Netherlands as a lion was introduced by Michael von Aitzing in 1579 and was used by other European cartographers to symbolize strength. This 1648 version by Famiano Strada, a pro-Spanish Jesuit used the lion in a two volume history on the Netheralnds war for independence. Copper engraved in Antwerp, the lion symbolizes the Dutch Republic's strength of character, its teeth bared and raised right foreleg. The tale encircles the compass rose reflecting pride in Dutch navigational power. This version is the frontispiece for Strada's publication. Includes flecks of gold on the lion's teeth and claws and on the compass rose.

Physical Description: 1 map: colored, illustrated

Collection/Donor: Osher

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