Hendrik Floris van Langren

Map of the Seventeen United Provinces of the Netherlands in the form of a lion

Pieter van den Keere



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A map of the seventeen United Provinces depicted as a lion, facing right, one paw raised (over Cologne). It is decorated with a large strapwork title cartouche, three pairs of costumes, two galleons and a sea monster.

  • Hendrik Floris van Langren (Dutch).
  • Leo Belgicus. Artificiosa & Geographica tabula sub Leonis figura 17, inferioris Germaniae Provincias repraesentans, cui addita suntsingularum insignia, unà cum ordinaria Praefectuarum distinctione earumque Praefectis prout a.o 1559. à supremo earundem Magistratu distributae atque constitutae fuerunt.
  • Amsterdam: Pieter van den Keere, 1622.
  • French text edition.
  • Original color.

Engraved by Hendrik Floris van Langren (c. 1548–1648), it was first published sometime before 1609. However, the original state is so rare (only three known examples) that it was often attributed to Pieter van der Keere (1571–post 1646), who added his name to the plate when he included it in his "La Germanie Inferieure de Petrus Keerius." This work, the first Dutch national atlas, was not a success (Koeman lists only three editions, in Latin 1617 & 1622, and this French edition), so even his state of this map is rare. KOEMAN: Kee 3.

Condition Report

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Slight rubbing in unprinted part of the map.


Height: 14.57 inches / 37.01 cm
Width: 18.11 inches / 46 cm




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