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:  Des Isles de Bretagne, la gran' Albion, qui est Angletetre, Hirlande, de leurs citez en general.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut map of the British Isles. Ruled in brown ink.This woodcut was published in La Cosmographie Universelle de tout le monde , printed 1575 in two volumes in Paris by...

    Des Isles de Bretagne, la gran' Albion, qui est Angletetre, Hirlande, de...
    11624

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

    1 600,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Candia, olim Creta

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut map of Crete. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. The view comes from the French edition of the Cosmographia Universalis by Sebastian...

    Candia, olim Creta
    11366

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

    1 300,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville et Chasteau de Nice

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

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

    La Ville et Chasteau de Nice
    11627

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

    1 250,00 €
  • 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:  La vray plant & pourtraict de l'assiette des villes de Coron, Modon & Navarrin, situees la Moree...

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut map of the southern Peloponnese. Showing the region from Pylos (Navarrin) and Methoni (Modon) to Koroni (Coron) during the battles between the Turks and the Christians....

    La vray plant & pourtraict de l'assiette des villes de Coron, Modon &...
    11367

    Antique woodcut map of Pylos, Methoni, Koroni, Peloponnese. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    950,00 €
  • 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.

    900,00 €
  • 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:  Il Cuscho Citta Principale della Provincia del Peru

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Cusco (Cuzco) in Peru. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut and represents one of the earliest views of a city in the New World. The...

    Il Cuscho Citta Principale della Provincia del Peru
    11361

    Antique woodcut map of Cuzco, Cusco, Peru. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

    850,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Malta olim Melita Insula.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut map of Malta. As a woodcut map, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on the engraved Malta map of Ortelius. The map comes from the French edition of...

    Malta olim Melita Insula.
    11419

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

    800,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Rhodus Isle renommee du Soleil, iadis republique, & Vatuersite, puis retraite des Chevaliers de...

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut map of Rhodes. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut map, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Most properly based on the Rhodes map of Camocio. The map comes...

    Rhodus Isle renommee du Soleil, iadis republique, & Vatuersite, puis...
    11428

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

    800,00 €
  • 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 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Morea Penisola

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut map of the Peloponnese. As a woodcut map, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. The map comes from the French edition of the Cosmographia Universalis by...

    Morea Penisola
    11426

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

    550,00 €
  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Negroponte

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    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...

    Negroponte
    11315

    Antique woodcut map of Negroponte, Euboea. 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 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:  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:  Alexandre Alesie Escossois, d'Edinbourg

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

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

    Alexandre Alesie Escossois, d'Edinbourg
    11625

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

    420,00 €
  • 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:  La Valone, iadis Apollonie, cite d'Albanie, a presant occuppee par le Turc.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Vlora at the Adriatic coast during the occupation of the Turks. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. On the full text sheet. Based on...

    La Valone, iadis Apollonie, cite d'Albanie, a presant occuppee par le Turc.
    11432

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

    390,00 €
  • 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 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:  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:  Diu

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A scarce and early woodcut view of Island Diu in India. Ruled in brown ink. As a woodcut view, it is extremely fine cut. The view comes from the French edition of the Cosmographia Universalis by...

    Diu
    11364

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

    350,00 €
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