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Old antique map, Leo Belgicus by Aitzinger M. / Hogenberg F.

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*** First state of the first edition of Airzinger's Leo Belgicus ***

Leo Belgicus - Aitzinger M./ Hogenberg F., 1583.


Old map - Leo Belgicus by Aitzinger M./ Hogenberg F.

Date of the first edition: 1583
Date of this map: 1583

Copper engraving
Size: 37 x 44.5cm (14.3 x 17.4 inches)
Verso: Blank
Condition: Excellent.
Condition Rating: A
References: Van der Heijden (Leo Belg), 1.1.

From: De Leone Belgico, ejusque Topographica atque Historica Descriptione Liber ... Cologne, 1583.

In the upper left-hand corner the sea has the monogram of Michael Aitzinger (in the ship with caption: "Vela ventis").
At the top left within the frame is the list of governors of the Netherlands, the list of stadtholders of the XVII Provinces, their numbers of towns and villages, their coats of arms and their titles.
In the middle left text concerning the marriage of Philip II with Mary Tudor.
Between the feet of the lion historical texts about the wars France waged against Charles V and Philip II; and about the marriage of Philip II with Elisabeth of Valois.
At top right ample introduction by Michael von Aitzing.

This Leo Belgicus was in 1583 inserted into the book De Leone Belgico that Michael Von Aitsing wrote on the war of independence of the Netherlands. In the preface to his book Von Aitzing put forth his motives for choosing this particular title and for inserting the lion map. His basic idea is clear: the lion as a symbol of strength and bravery in its heraldic representation.

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