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:  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:  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:  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 vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Diion

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare, large woodcut view of the city of Dijon in the Bourgogne. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a title cartouche, a cartouche containing the key and a coat-of-arms of the city. Extremely fine...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Diion
    11657

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

    350,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Ormus

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Hormuz, an island in the Strait of Hormuz, belonging to Iran. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on...

    Ormus
    11424

    Antique woodcut town view of Hormuz, Persian Gulf, Iran. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    330,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Rhodus

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of the city of Rhodes. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on the Rhodes view of Braun and Hogenberg. The...

    Rhodus
    11427

    Antique woodcut town view of Rodos, Rhodes. 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,& 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 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 de Chalon sur Saone / Le vray Pourtraict de la ville de Chalon

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Chalon-sur-Saône in the Bourgogne. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a beautiful title cartouche. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An extensive key to the...

    La Ville de Chalon sur Saone / Le vray Pourtraict de la ville de Chalon
    11660

    Antique woodcut town view of Chalon-sur-Saone, Bourgogne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    320,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville de Romas en Dauphine / Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville et Cite de Romans

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Romans-sur-Isère in the Dauphiné region. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a title cartouche, two coat-of-arms of the city and many ships on the Isère. Extremely...

    La Ville de Romas en Dauphine / Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville et Cite...
    11664

    Antique woodcut town view of Romans-sur-Isere, Dauphine. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    320,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Nismes / Nismes come elle est à present

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Nîmes in the Languedoc. Decorated with a coat-of-arms of the city. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main...

    La vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Nismes / Nismes come elle est à present
    11674

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

    320,00 €
  • 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:  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 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:  Pourtraict de la ville de Mascon

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Mâcon at the river Saône in the Burgundy (Bourgogne). Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with many ships on the Saône. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An...

    Pourtraict de la ville de Mascon
    11661

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

    290,00 €
  • 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:  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:  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:  Pourtraict de la ville d'Ambrun / La ville d'Ambrun en Dauphiné

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Embrun in the Dauphiné region in the department Hautes-Alpes. Ruled in brown ink. Framed by a beautiful renaissance woodcut border. A key to the bottom describing...

    Pourtraict de la ville d'Ambrun / La ville d'Ambrun en Dauphiné
    11666

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

    270,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Plant, et Figure de la riche cité de Calecut en la premiere Inde.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Calicut (Kozhikode) in India. With several ships and elephants. Ruled in brown ink. The view comes from the French edition of the Cosmographia Universalis by...

    Plant, et Figure de la riche cité de Calecut en la premiere Inde.
    11360

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

    250,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict de la ville Sainct Denis en France.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Saint-Denis, Île-de-France. Ruled in brown ink. An extensive key to the right describing the main buildings and places. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view....

    Pourtraict de la ville Sainct Denis en France.
    11618

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

    250,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  [Adam and Eve]

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A beautiful woodcut of Adam and Eve.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...

    [Adam and Eve]
    11621

    Woodcut of an old master drawing. Adam and Eve. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    250,00 €
  • 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:  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 €
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