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AITSINGER, Michael (EYTZINGER)

De Leone Belgico, eiusq[ue] Topographica atq[ue] historica descriptione liber
(In fine: Coloniae
impressit Gerardus Campensis) Hogenberg
1583
€22.000

Folio (27,5 x 18,5 cm), [12], 522 pp, [4], 533-655, [2] pp. Illustrated with 2 engraved title pages, with the famous LEO BELGICUS map and 144 history plates (Geschichtsbl├Ątter). The engravings depict all the horrors of the 80 year war: the looting, the killing and the sieges by the Spanish of many cities. They deliberately lack the legends, too shocking for the Spanish and Austrian princes, to whom the work was dedicated. The first engraved title page is of the first edition (1583) announces 112 plates, the second, narrating the history until 1585, says "Auctior et lucupletior editio" and announces 142 plates. The Leo Belgicus map is professionally laid down on japanese paper. Marginal tear without loss in p. 94 Contemporary limp vellum binding, with gilt ornaments on covers and spine, all edges gilt

A work famous in the history of the Netherlands, with battles and atrocities by the Spanish graphically-illustrated by Hogenberg. First published in 1583 with 112 plates, there were frequent reissues with augmentations of the text and in the number of plates. The first part has 114 plates, the next part has 30 plates. Ref. Eenheid op papier (1994), p. 65-66 ; Vander Heijden, Leo Belgicus, n┬░1.1 (first state) ; Machiels E-820 ; Brunet I, 122 ; Graesse I, 49 ; Adams E-1175 ; Muller Historieplaten I, p. 41ev