La Description de l'Isle de Corfou / Corfu

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

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A scarce and early woodcut map of Corfu. As a woodcut map, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on the engraved Corfu map of Ortelius. The map 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.

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CartographerFrancois de Belleforest
TitleLa Description de l'Isle de Corfou / Corfu
Publisher, YearNicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575
Plate Size23.7 x 9.7 cm (9.3 x 3.8 inches)
Sheet Size36.5 x 24.0 cm (14.4 x 9.4 inches)

Condition

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 Corfu. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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