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

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A very scarce early woodcut map of Euboea (Negroponte). Below and verso description of Euboea. Ruled in brown ink.

The map was published in the French edition of the Cosmographia Universalis of Sebastian Münster. The famous work was published in Paris in 1575, in two volumes by Nicolas Chesneau and Michel Sonnius, with French text by Francois de Belleforest, titled La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde. 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
Publisher, YearNicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575
Plate Size10.4 x 14.3 cm (4.1 x 5.6 inches)
Sheet Size36.5 x 24.8 cm (14.4 x 9.8 inches)
ReferenceZacharakis, C. G.: A Catalogue of Printed Maps of Greece 1477-1800, No. 270


Minor spotting outside of the map. A 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 Negroponte, Euboea. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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