Scarce Woodcut Version of Ortelius’ Map of Europe
"Europae", Belleforest, Francois
Period: 1575 (published)
Publication: Cosmographie Universelle de Tout le Monde
Color: Hand Color
18.5 x 13.8 inches
47 x 35.1 cm
This scarce map is a woodcut version of Ortelius’ map of Europe. The map extends to include Iceland and part of Greenland, and there is a tiny bit of Labrador intruding into the map at upper left. It also extends into western Asia and Northern Africa. The block cutter attempted to emulate the copper engraving with a stippled sea and Ortelius’ embellishments, but the execution in a woodblock is noticeably coarser. The map is modestly adorned with a sailing ship, compass rose, and a tent encampment in Russia. The personification of Europa being abducted by Zeus in the form of a bull graces the title cartouche. There was only one edition of Belleforest’s Cosmographie, thus the map is scarce and seldom available on the market.
References: Pastoureau, Belleforest #I-1, .
Issued folding, now pressed with a few expertly repaired fold separations. There are two short printer's creases adjacent to centerfold and some faint spots.