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:  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:  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:  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:  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:  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 €
  • 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 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:  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.

    190,00 €
  • 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:  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:  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:  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:  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:  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:  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:  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:  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:  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.

    320,00 €
  • 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:  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:  [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:  [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 €
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