A rare and early woodcut view of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct that crosses the Gardon River in close to Nîmes. Ruled in brown ink.
This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde, printed 1575 in two volumes in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau and Michel Sonnius with the French text by Francois de Belleforest. It is a French version of Sebastian Münster's Cosmographia Universalis. Most of the woodcut maps and drawings of Münster's work were discarded and new woodblocks have been made. The geographical information is mainly based on Abraham Ortelius and Braun & Hogenberg, but also comes from unknown sources. All maps and views of the Paris edition by Belleforest are very rare since there was one edition in one language only. The woodcuts of the Basel edition by Seb. Münster were used in 46 different editions.
|Cartographer||Francois de Belleforest|
|Title||Figure du pont du Gard|
|Publisher, Year||Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575|
|Plate Size||20.0 x 42.5 cm (7.9 x 16.7 inches)|
|Sheet Size||36.5 x 45.5 cm (14.4 x 17.9 inches)|
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