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

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

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

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    Francois de Belleforest:  La Ville et Cité de Clermot en Auvergne / La Ville et Cite de Clermont

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Clermont-Ferrand located in the Auvergne. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a title cartouche and two coat-of-arms of the city. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut...

    La Ville et Cité de Clermot en Auvergne / La Ville et Cite de Clermont
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    Antique woodcut town view of Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville d'Aix en Provence

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Aix-en-Provence. Shown are a lot of details, including a place of execution on a hill. To the left a key describing the main buildings and places. Ruled in brown...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville d'Aix en Provence
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    Antique woodcut town view of Aix-en-Provence, Provence. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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

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    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray Pourtraict de la ville de Mets

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Metz at the confluence of the Moselle and the Seille in Lorraine. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a beautiful cartouche with coat-of-arms of the city. Extremely...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la ville de Mets
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    Antique woodcut town view of Metz, Lorraine. 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...
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    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:  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...
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    Antique woodcut town view of Durres, Albania. 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 de Beaulne

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare, large woodcut view of the city of Beaune in the Bourgogne. Ruled in brown ink. An extensive key to the left describing the main buildings and places. Extremely fine cut for a woodcut view....

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Beaulne
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    Antique woodcut town view of Beaune, Bourgogne. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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    Francois de Belleforest:  Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Semur / La Ville Semur en Laussois

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Semur-en-Auxois in the Bourgogne. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated a coat-of-arms and a title cartouche. Framed by a beautiful renaissance woodcut border. Extremely...

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Semur / La Ville Semur en Laussois
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    Antique woodcut town view of Semur-en-Auxois, Bourgogne. 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.
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    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:  Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Perigueux

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Périgueux, Aquitaine. Ruled in brown ink. Decorated with a large coat-of-arms of the city. An extensive key to the bottom describing the main buildings and places....

    Le vray Pourtraict de la Ville de Perigueux
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    Antique woodcut town view of Perigueux, Aquitaine. 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
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    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
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    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:  De la creation du monde, & disposition que Dieu feit de la terre, & de la mer.

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A beautiful woodcut of the Paradies with 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...

    De la creation du monde, & disposition que Dieu feit de la terre, & de...
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    Woodcut of an old master drawing. Paradise with Adam and Eve. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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  • 1575 - Francois de Belleforest

    Francois de Belleforest:  Le grand plant & vray pourtraict de la Baulme

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A rare and early woodcut view of Sainte-Baume, a pilgrimage site in a cave on a hill by Marseille (La grotte de Marie-Madeleine). Ruled in brown ink.This woodcut was published in La...

    Le grand plant & vray pourtraict de la Baulme
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    Antique woodcut town view of Sainte-Baume, Provence. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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    Francois de Belleforest:  [Noah's Ark]

    Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius, Paris, 1575

    A very detailed woodcut of Noah's Ark.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...

    [Noah's Ark]
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    Woodcut of an old master drawing. Noah's Ark. Printed in Paris by Nicolas Chesneau, Michel Sonnius in 1575.

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