|Cartographer||Francois de Belleforest|
|Publisher, Year||Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575|
|Plate Size||13.8 x 15.5 cm (5.4 x 6.1 inches)|
|Sheet Size||36.5 x 24.0 cm (14.4 x 9.4 inches)|
François de Belleforest was a French writer, translator and poet during the Renaissance. In 1568 he became historian of King Henry III, but had to give up soon because of inaccuracies. He worked as a writer and translator and transferred the Cosmography of Sebastian Munster into French. La Cosmographie universelle de tout le monde was published 1575 in Paris and was created in collaboration with the two Parisian publishers Nicolas Chesneau and Michel Sonnius. He has not used Sebastian Munster as sole source, several maps and views are based on Ortelius and Braun / Hogenberg, but also own work and unknown sources are found in the important work.
The picture shows the bust of Belleforest in Samatan (Gers, France). Source: Wikipedia, BastienM.
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