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Old, antique map of the Netherlands - the Leo Belgicus by Visscher C.J. - Gerritsz

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Nova XVII Provinciarum Germaniae Inferioris tabula, Leonis effigie, accurate delineata. A Nicolao Ioannis Piscatore. - C.J. Visscher - Hessel Gerritsz, 1630


Old map of the Netherlands in the form of a lion - the Leo Belgicus by Visscher C.J. - Gerritsz.

Date of the first edition: 1608
Date of this map: 1630

Copper engraving
Size: 44 x 56.5cm (17.2 x 22 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Side margins repaired with a small reinstatement of the left neatline.
Condition Rating: B
References: Schilder 7, p. 451, 15.15 4th state; Van der Heijden (Leo Belg), 16.4;.

From: Belgium sive Germania Inferior 1634. (Koeman, Vis 1 - 3)

Fourth state of this magnificent and very rare LEO BELGICUS. There is no known copy of the first state, one of the second and one of the third.
Schilder quotes seven loose copies of this fourth state + some inserted in Visschers very rare atlas Belgium sive Germania Inferior, 1634-45 (Less than 10 known copies of this atlas).

There are two types of this Leo Belgicus: the "lion rampant facing right" engraved by Hendrik Floris van Langren; and the "lion passant facing left", which was introduced by the engraver Hessel Gerritsz, who masterfully engraved it in copper. The publication history of the latter is complicated, however, and was only unravelled in the course of Van der Heijden's research. What complicates the story is that Hessel Gerritz engraved two almost identical copperplates in the same period, each of which was subsequently published by a series of publishing houses in Amsterdam.

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