The first Leo Belgicus
By AITZING, Michael von, 1583
De Leone Belgico…
- Author: AITZING, Michael von
- Publication place: Cologne
- Publisher: Gerardus Campensis
- Publication date: 1583–1585.
- Physical description: Two works in one volume, small folio (285 by 195mm), two engraved titles, large folding engraved Leo Belgicus map (390 by 460mm), 145 engraved plates, original vellum, gilt.
- Dimensions: 370 by 455mm (14.5 by 18 inches).
- Inventory reference: 11504
To the far left, in England, is Aitzing’s monogram; and next to it a table with a list of the Stadholders of the XVII Provinces, together with each province’s coat-of-arms, and the number of towns and villages within each province. The upper part of the table bears the acronym M.A.R.I.A., which stood for the names of the five governors of the Provinces between 1559–1579. Between the lion’s feet is text relating to the wars between France and Spain; most notably that between Henry II and Philip II of 1558/1559, in which Aitzing himself fought.
Michael von Aitzing (or Aitsinger or Eytzinger), a descendant of an old Austrian noble family, lived in the Low Countries for many years.