Leo Belgicus is a map designed to symbolize the former Low Countries (current day Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and a small part of northern France) in the shape of a lion. this version dates to 1684 and was made by Famiano Strada, best known for his history of the revolt of the Netherlands, De bello belgico decades duae.
All of our reproductions are done on hand-processed paper, illuminated with gold paint and finished with beeswax, giving them a real parchment-like look. Actual colors may vary a bit due to different monitors displaying colors differently.
'Leo Belgicus' by Famiano Strada, 1684.
In case your print creases during the travel, as it usually does travel for some time, you can safely warm it up with a hair-dryer, and the wax will melt back right into it. You can also use a lighter, which is a much faster method, but be careful to keep the flame either above the paper or parallel to it (which means holding the paper vertically) so it doesn't smudge or even catch fire. The chance of the print actually creasing is very small, as they are rolled in bubble-wrap and shipped in a cardboard box. Also, be sure to keep the print out of the direct sunlight, as it can melt or fade.
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