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

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A scarce and early woodcut map of Crete. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. 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.


CartographerFrancois de Belleforest
TitleCandia, olim Creta
Publisher, YearNicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575
Plate Size17.4 x 42.2 cm (6.9 x 16.6 inches)
Sheet Size36.5 x 45.8 cm (14.4 x 18.0 inches)
ReferenceZacharakis, C.G.: A Catalogue of Printed Maps of Greece, 1477-1800, No. 266/154


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


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

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