Plant, et Figure de la riche cité de Calecut en la premiere Inde.

Francois de Belleforest (*1530 - 1583)
Antique woodcut map of Kozhikode, Calicut. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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Description

A scarce and early woodcut view of Calicut (Kozhikode) in India. With several ships and elephants. Ruled in brown ink. The view comes from the French edition of the Cosmographia Universalis by Sebastian Munster. The famous work, titled La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde, was published 1575 in two volumes in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau and Michel Sonnius with French text by Francois de Belleforest. Most of woodcut maps and drawings of Münster's work were discarded and new woodblock were made, mostly based on Ortelius and Braun & Hogenberg.

Details

CartographerFrancois de Belleforest
TitlePlant, et Figure de la riche cité de Calecut en la premiere Inde.
Publisher, YearNicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575
Plate Size15.8 x 40.5 cm (6.2 x 15.9 inches)
Sheet Size36.5 x 43.7 cm (14.4 x 17.2 inches)

Condition

A very clean and well preserved copy. Very good condition.

Cartographer

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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Antique woodcut map of Kozhikode, Calicut. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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