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Antique Maps, Atlases, Books & Prints

by Old World Auctions


755 lots with images

November 20, 2013

4449 Cox Road

Glen Allen, VA, 23060 USA

Phone: +1 804 290 8090

Fax: +1 804 482 2611

Email: info@oldworldauctions.com

De Bello Belgico Decas Prima Famiani Stradae Rom. Soc. Iesu

Lot 1: De Bello Belgico Decas Prima Famiani Stradae Rom. Soc. Iesu

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Description: The most famous of all cartographic curiosities is the Leo Belgicus, in which the Low Countries were depicted in the form of a lion. This curious form of cartography is one of the highpoints in the Golden Age of mapmaking. This version is based on the original 1538 Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with a paw raised and holding a shield. This is the largest of the Famianus Strada versions, used as a frontispiece for part two of his pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic book on the Dutch war of independence. It is beautifully engraved with a stippled sea filled with ships and a sea monster. While the miniature Leo Belgicus maps are occasionally found on the market, the larger ones are quite rare.

Condition Report: Watermarked paper with attractive color and minor soiling. Professionally remargined at right and left with a small portion of neatline and image at bottom right expertly replaced in facsimile.

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De Bello Belgico [with book] Famiani Stradae Romani E Societate Jesu De Bello Belgico Decas Secunda

Lot 2: De Bello Belgico [with book] Famiani Stradae Romani E Societate Jesu De Bello Belgico Decas Secunda

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Description: This frontispiece is the famous "Leo Belgicus", or Lion of Belgium, depicting a map of Belgium and Holland in the form of a lion. This version of the Leo Belgicus is based on the original Aitsinger form with the lion standing facing right with the right paw raised and holding a shield. This is one of the smallest versions of all the Leos, measuring only 2.6 x 4.8". The frontispiece appears in the popular history describing the war between the Low Countries and Spain from a pro-Spanish and pro-Catholic viewpoint. Famiamo Strada was a Jesuit and teacher at the Collegium Romanum in Rome. The book also includes a title page, nine engraved portraits, 642 pages and an extended index. Original vellum binding with raised bands and manuscript ink title on spine. This example has the stamp of Lord Milford and the signature of Sir Erasmus Phillips in the front endpapers.

Condition Report: The map and text are lightly toned with marginal soiling. The binding is sound and the covers and spine are moderately soiled and bumped.

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Emblemata Nobilitati et Vulgo Scitu Digna: Singulis Historiis Symbola Adscripta & Elegantes Versiis Historiam Explicates...

Lot 3: Emblemata Nobilitati et Vulgo Scitu Digna: Singulis Historiis Symbola Adscripta & Elegantes Versiis Historiam Explicates...

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Description: This small, ornate title page comes from Theodore de Bry's emblem book "Emblemata Nobilitati et Vulgo Scitu Digna...", which was created to accompany young nobility on their travels through Europe. The book contains images of blank escutcheons interspersed with contemporary figures, scenes from mythology, and illustrations discouraging immoral sexual behavior, among other drawings and pages of Latin and German text. The title page features Latin and German text on an architectural structure surrounded by putti and cherubs in armorial dress.

Condition Report: Minor soiling, primarily along the edges of the sheet, and one tiny tear that just enters engraving at bottom.

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Americae Retectio

Lot 4: Americae Retectio

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Description: This fascinating allegorical engraving commemorates the discovery of the New World. "Flora" (Florence) and "Janus" (Genoa) reveal a globe, that rests on the reclined body of Neptune ("Oceanus"), above a map of the coast of Italy. The title is suspended between portraits of Amerigo Vespucci and Christopher Columbus. Columbus' ship, the "Santa Maria", is shown leaving Genoa and approaching the West Indies and Vespucci's ship is shown departing Italy (near his hometown of Florence) and sailing along the coast of South America. Magellan is alluded to on the globe where "Magellanica" is marked between the tip of South America and the huge southern continent. Mars displays the arms of Florence at upper left, while Neptune presents the arms of Genoa at right. Joannes Stradanus was a Flemish artist, who lived in Italy. He designed the four drawings in the Americae Retectio (including this frontispiece) and sent them to Antwerp where they were engraved by Adrian Collaert and published by Philippe Galle. According to Tooley, his work is one of the most important historical picture atlases, and is quite rare due to its ephemeral nature. This is the rare first state of three. The drawings were copied by Theodore De Bry, where the figures are shown in reverse.

Condition Report: There are some professional repairs in the blank margins, else fine.

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Guil. et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Partis Primae pars Altera

Lot 5: Guil. et Ioannis Blaeu Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, sive Atlas Novus. Partis Primae pars Altera

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Description: This title page from Blaeu's great atlas is presented in the architectural format. A knight in full armor and a nun flank the title. At the top are two maidens displaying coats of arms, and the allegorical figure of "Mars" with his ferocious hounds. The Latin title and imprint are pasted onto the engraved framework, as was customary with title pages.

Condition Report: A fine impression with attractive color, light soiling and one very faint pencil notation in the image.

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