The van Langren lion
By VAN DER KEERE, Pieter, 1622
- Author: VAN DER KEERE, Pieter
- Publication place: [Amsterdam]
- Publisher: Pieter van der Keere
- Publication date: 1622
- Physical description: Double-page engraved map, hand-coloured in outline and heightened in gold, French text to verso.
- Dimensions: 370 by 450mm (14.5 by 17.75 inches).
- Inventory reference: 1913
“A skilfully made geographical map representing the XVII Provinces of the Netherlands in the form of a lion, showing also the coats-of-arms of the provinces, their boundaries and their governors, as defined and appointed by the supreme authorities in 1559”.
The map was not in fact the work of van den Keere, but of Hendrik Floris van Langren, whose imprint can be faintly seen upon the present map. It would appear that van den Keere purchased the plate sometime after 1609, as van Langren is known to have lived and worked in Amsterdam up until that date. One should also note the cartouche text is almost identical to the language used in van Doetecum’s work, even though Langren’s map does not depict any of the governors.
The present example was published in the French language edition of 1622.