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:  Pourtraict de la Ville de Moissac

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Moissacin in the Languedoc, Midi-Pyrénées region. Decorated with a title cartouche. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places....

    Pourtraict de la Ville de Moissac
    11675

    Antique woodcut town view of Moissac, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc. 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 d'Auch / La Ville d'Auch en Armignag

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Auch in the Languedoc, Midi-Pyrénées region. Decorated with a title cartouche and two coat-of-arms. To the right a key describing the main buildings and places....

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville d'Auch / La Ville d'Auch en Armignag
    11676

    Antique woodcut town view of Auch, Midi-Pyrenees, Languedoc. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    250,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Pourtraict de la Ville de Montpellier

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Montpellier in the Languedoc region. Ruled in brown ink. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places.This woodcut was published in...

    Pourtraict de la Ville de Montpellier
    11671

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

    240,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Septa

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Ceuta, north-western Africa, belonging to Spain. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on the Ceuta view...

    Septa
    11420

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

    220,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Modon Cite, situee en la Moree.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of the city of Methoni (Modon). Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. The view comes from the French edition of...

    Modon Cite, situee en la Moree.
    11429

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

    220,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville de Parpignan

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Perpignan in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie...

    La Ville de Parpignan
    11626

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

    220,00 €
  • 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:  Ierusalem / Description de la Cité de Ierusalem... / Nouvelle description de la Cite de Ierusalem...

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Ancient and Modern Jerusalem.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde , printed 1575 in two volumes in Paris by Nicolas...

    Ierusalem / Description de la Cité de Ierusalem... / Nouvelle...
    11677

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

    200,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Quiloa

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Kilwa Kisiwani, formerly called Quiloa by the Portuguese, today belongs to Tanzania. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full...

    Quiloa
    11417

    Antique woodcut town view of Quiloa, Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    190,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Cefala

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Cefala or Sofala, Mozambique. Once an important trading port at the mouth of the Sofala River in Portuguese East Africa. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it...

    Cefala
    11418

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

    190,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Arzilla

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

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

    Arzilla
    11421

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

    190,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Sala

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

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

    Sala
    11422

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

    190,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  L'Amphiteatre, dict les Arenes

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of the Arènes de Nîmes . With Romulus and Remus , a bull and gladiators during a fight. Ruled in brown ink.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie...

    L'Amphiteatre, dict les Arenes
    11672

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

    190,00 €
  • 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:  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:  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 Chasteau de la Baronnie de Senescey [Château de Ruffey]

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Château de Ruffey in Sennecey-le-Grand, Bourgogne. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie...

    Le Chasteau de la Baronnie de Senescey [Château de Ruffey]
    11628

    Antique woodcut town view of Sennecey-le-Grand, Bourgogne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    70,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  [Tropic of Cancer - Tropic of Capricorn]

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A depiction of the tropics where the sun is in Zenith during the solstice.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde , printed 1575 in two volumes in Paris by...

    [Tropic of Cancer - Tropic of Capricorn]
    11619

    A symbolic description of the tropics. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    40,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Cyprus Insula

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A very scarce early woodcut map of Cypus. The double-folio map a based on Camoccio's map of 1566 via the Ortelius version of 1570. Below and verso description of Cyprus. Ruled in brown ink....

    Cyprus Insula
    11313

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville, Cité, Université,& Faux-bourgs de Paris

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    One of the most accurate 16th Century plans of Paris available for collectors.A large and scarce woodcut plan of Paris. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut map. Ruled in brown ink.The...

    La Ville, Cité, Université,& Faux-bourgs de Paris
    11680

    Antique woodcut city plan of Paris. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Africae Tabula Nova

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    Ortelius' Africa Map as a Woodcut. Rare.A large and scarce woodcut map of Africa by Francois de Belleforest. Based on Ortelius' map of Africa from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum , but much rarer...

    Africae Tabula Nova
    11745

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Cairus, Quae Olim Babylon Aegypt Maxima Urbs / Le Grand Caire

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A large and rare woodcut view of Cairo with the Nile river, the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Based on a engraving from Braun and Hogenberg's Civitates orbis terrarum .This woodcut was...

    Cairus, Quae Olim Babylon Aegypt Maxima Urbs / Le Grand Caire
    11678

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Description de l'Isle de Corfou / Corfu

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    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...

    La Description de l'Isle de Corfou / Corfu
    11425

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville d'Avignon

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Avignon in the Provence. Decorated with coat-of-arms of the city. To the right a key describing the main buildings and places. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville d'Avignon
    11670

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

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