Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Leo Maps

Leo Belgicus. Amsterdam, 1600-1750

Leo Belgicus Van den Keere (Kaerius) P, 1617

Leo Belgicus gedrukt door Hendrik Doncker. -- Amsterdam :

Leo Hollandicus, 1648, Nicolas Visscher

Among the most expressive and decorative works of early mapmaking are the series of maps showing the Netherlands and Belgium in the shape of a lion. The idea of a map in the shape of a lion was very appealing and was copied by many cartographers, including Jan van Doetecum, C. J. Visscher, and P. van den Keere.

few more maps. via terra-maps


Princess Haiku said...

These are fascinating lion motifs.

naJuste said...

I haven't seen yet The Netherlands as lion! Our ancestors had really good imagination.

Anonymous said...

I've tried to find a copy/print of the Leo Hollandicus, but have had no luck so far. Any suggestions would be great.