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 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:  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:  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:  Pourtraict de la ville,& ancienne Cité de Lyon

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Lyon in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a coat-of-arms and framed by a beautiful renaissance woodcut border. A key to the bottom...

    Pourtraict de la ville,& ancienne Cité de Lyon
    11662

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

    380,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

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

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Grenoble in the Rhône-Alpes region. Ruled in brown ink. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view. An extensive key to the top right describing the main buildings and...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Grenoble
    11663

    Antique woodcut town view of Grenoble, Rhone-Alpes. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    390,00 €
  • 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 Cite de Valence en Dauphine / Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville et Cite de Valence

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

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

    La Cite de Valence en Dauphine / Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville et Cite...
    11665

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

    420,00 €
  • 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:  Le Pourtraict de la Ville de Marseille

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Marseille in the Provence. Decorated with several ship in the harbour and on the sea. To the left two keys describing the main buildings and places. Ruled in brown...

    Le Pourtraict de la Ville de Marseille
    11667

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

    1 200,00 €
  • 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:  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:  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:  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:  Description Generale de Toute la France

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A large and rare woodcut map of France with parts of Switzerland. Based on Ortelius' first map of France from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum , but much rarer than the Ortelius map. Extremely fine cut for...

    Description Generale de Toute la France
    11679

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

    900,00 €
  • 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:  Goa Fortissima Indiae Urbs in Chris Fianorum potesfatem anno Salutis 1509 deuenit

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Goa in India. Decorated with two galleons. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. The view comes from the French edition of the...

    Goa Fortissima Indiae Urbs in Chris Fianorum potesfatem anno Salutis...
    11362

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le Vray Pourtrait de la grande cite de Temistitan ou Tenutlitan, chef du royaume, & Province...

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Tenochtitlan, today Mexico City, the old capital city of the Aztecs, the Mexican civilization. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut and...

    Le Vray Pourtrait de la grande cite de Temistitan ou Tenutlitan, chef du...
    11363

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville de Aden / Aden Cite Chef du Royaume.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of the Port and City of Aden in the Gulf of Aden, Yemen. Decorated with many galleons. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. The view...

    La Ville de Aden / Aden Cite Chef du Royaume.
    11365

    Antique woodcut map of Aden, Yemen, Arabian Peninsula. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Mombaza

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Mombasa, Kenya. 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 the...

    Mombaza
    11416

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Canonor

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Kannur formerly Cannanore in India. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on the Kannur view of Braun and...

    Canonor
    11423

    Antique woodcut town view of Cannanore, Kannur. 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:  Napoli Citta nella Provincia della Morea.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of the city of Nafplio, Peloponnese. 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...

    Napoli Citta nella Provincia della Morea.
    11430

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

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Durraze, iadis Dyrrache, ville d'Albanie, prise par le Turc sur la Venitiens.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of the second largest city of Albania Durres. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on the copper engraving...

    Durraze, iadis Dyrrache, ville d'Albanie, prise par le Turc sur la...
    11431

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

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