Antique Maps by Francois de Belleforest (*1530 - 1583)

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.

  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le Dessein, et vray pourtraict de la ville de Calais

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Calais. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde , printed 1575...

    Le Dessein, et vray pourtraict de la ville de Calais
    11629

    Antique woodcut town view of Calais. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    270,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vif Portraict de la grand' Eglise Saint Denis

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    Large and rare woodcut view of the interior of the Basilica of St Denis close to Paris. The large medieval abbey church was completed in 1144 is considered to be the first Gothic church.This...

    Le vif Portraict de la grand' Eglise Saint Denis
    11630

    Woodcut of an architectural illustration. Basilica of St Denis. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    300,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict ou plan de la ville de Chartres

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Chartres, Centre-Val de Loire. Ruled in brown ink. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view....

    Pourtraict ou plan de la ville de Chartres
    11631

    Antique woodcut town view of Chartres, Centre-Val de Loire. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    450,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict ou plan de la ville de Chasteaudun

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Châteaudun, Centre-Val de Loire. Ruled in brown ink. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view....

    Pourtraict ou plan de la ville de Chasteaudun
    11632

    Antique woodcut town view of Chateaudun, Centre-Val de Loire. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    350,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville Cité et Universite d'Orleans / Le vray Pourtraict de la ville d'Orleans

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Orléans, Centre-Val de Loire. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a title cartouche, a cartouche containing the key, a coat-of-arms of the city and many ships on the...

    La Ville Cité et Universite d'Orleans / Le vray Pourtraict de la ville...
    11634

    Antique woodcut town view of Orleans, Centre-Val de Loire. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    450,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville d'Auxerre en Bourgogne / Pourtraict ou Plan de la Ville d'Auxerre

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Auxerre in the Burgundy (Bourgogne). Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a title cartouche, a coat-of-arms of the city and many ships on the Yonne River. Extremely...

    La Ville d'Auxerre en Bourgogne / Pourtraict ou Plan de la Ville d'Auxerre
    11635

    Antique woodcut town view of Auxerre, Bourgogne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    350,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict de la ville de Chaumont en Bassigny

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Chaumont, Champagne. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places.This...

    Pourtraict de la ville de Chaumont en Bassigny
    11636

    Antique woodcut town view of Chaumont, Bassigny, Champagne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    220,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict ou Plan de la ville de Ioinuille

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Joinville-le-Pont in the region Île-de-France close to Paris. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. A key to the right describing the main...

    Pourtraict ou Plan de la ville de Ioinuille
    11637

    Antique woodcut town view of Joinville, Ile-de-France. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    270,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict ou Plan de la Ville de Vassy

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Wassy, Saint-Dizier. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. A cartouche to the top right describing the main buildings and places.This...

    Pourtraict ou Plan de la Ville de Vassy
    11638

    Antique woodcut town view of Wassy, Saint-Dizier, Champagne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    90,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville d'Auxerre en Bourgogne / Pourtraict ou Plan de la Ville d'Auxerre

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Beauvais in the Picardie. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a figural cartouche, two coat-of-arms of the city. In foreground the Avelon River. Extremely fine cut...

    La Ville d'Auxerre en Bourgogne / Pourtraict ou Plan de la Ville d'Auxerre
    11639

    Antique woodcut town view of Beauvais, Picardie. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    350,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville de S. Omer / Le Vray pourtraict, et forteresse de la ville de Sainct Omer

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Saint-Omer (Pas-de-Calais). Ruled in brown ink. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places.This woodcut was published in La...

    La Ville de S. Omer / Le Vray pourtraict, et forteresse de la ville de...
    11640

    Antique woodcut town view of Saint-Omer, Pas-de-Calais. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    250,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville,& Chasteau de Nevers.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Nevers in Bourgogne at the Loire River. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a figural cartouche, two coat-of-arms of the city. In foreground the confluence of the...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville,& Chasteau de Nevers.
    11641

    Antique woodcut town view of Nevers, Bourgogne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    320,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville, & Université de Bourges

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Bourges, Centre-Val de Loire. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with two coat-of-arms. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An extensive key to the bottom describing...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville, & Université de Bourges
    11642

    Antique woodcut town view of Bourges, Centre-Val de Loire. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    350,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vif Pourtraict de la noble Ville, & cité de Tours.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Tours, Centre-Val de Loire. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with two coat-of-arms and framed by a beautiful renaissance woodcut border. Extremely fine cut for a...

    Le vif Pourtraict de la noble Ville, & cité de Tours.
    11643

    Antique woodcut town view of Tours, Centre-Val de Loire. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    320,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville et Chasteau de Loches

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Loches, Centre-Val de Loire. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a title cartouche, a cartouche containing the key describing the main buildings and places and a...

    La Ville et Chasteau de Loches
    11644

    Antique woodcut town view of Loches, Centre-Val de Loire. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    290,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le Pourtrict du Chasteau de Paulmy [Le Château de Paulmy]

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Château de Paulmy . Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde ,...

    Le Pourtrict du Chasteau de Paulmy [Le Château de Paulmy]
    11645

    Antique woodcut town view of Paulmy, Centre-Val de Loire. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    90,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le Pourtraict de la Ville Rouen

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Rouen in the Normandy (Normandie). Ruled in brown ink. Decorated a coat-of-arms of the city and many ships on the Seine river. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut...

    Le Pourtraict de la Ville Rouen
    11646

    Antique woodcut town view of Rouen, Normandie. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    390,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le Pourtraict de la ville Dieppe

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Dieppe in the Normandy (Normandie). Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with many ships and the rising sun in the background. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An...

    Le Pourtraict de la ville Dieppe
    11647

    Antique woodcut town view of Dieppe, Normandie. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    390,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le Pourtraict ou plan de la ville Havre de Grace

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Le Havre in the Normandy (Normandie). Ruled in brown ink. This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde , printed 1575 in two...

    Le Pourtraict ou plan de la ville Havre de Grace
    11648

    Antique woodcut town view of Le Havre, Normandie. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    100,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Caen

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Caen in the Normandy (Normandie). Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An extensive key to the left and right describing the main buildings...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Caen
    11649

    Antique woodcut town view of Caen, Normandie. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    290,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  De la Ville de Poytiers

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Poitiers, Poitou. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with two coat-of-arms of the city. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places....

    De la Ville de Poytiers
    11650

    Antique woodcut town view of Poitiers, Poitou. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    250,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray plan ou Pourtraict de la Ville d'Engoulesme

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Angoulême, Poitou. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with two coat-of-arms of the city. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places....

    Le vray plan ou Pourtraict de la Ville d'Engoulesme
    11651

    Antique woodcut town view of Angouleme, Poitou. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    270,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Description du pays d'Auvergne

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and beautiful circular woodcut map of the Auvergne in central France. With west on top, it shows the river system of the Allier with Clermont-Ferrand in the background. The woodcut is based...

    Description du pays d'Auvergne
    11653

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

    650,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict de la ville,& cité de Treves

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Trier at the river Mosel. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a beautiful cartouche with coat-of-arms of the city. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view.This...

    Pourtraict de la ville,& cité de Treves
    11655

    Antique woodcut town view of Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    580,00 €
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