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Auction 165, Lot 489

"Le Vray Portraict de la Ville de Beaulne", Belleforest, Francois

Subject: Beaune, France

Period: 1575 (published)

Publication: La Cosmographie Universelle de Tout le Monde...

Color: Black & White

14.1 x 10.6 inches
35.8 x 26.9 cm
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This bird's-eye plan of the city of Beaune is from the rare French edition of Munster's Cosmography published by Belleforest. Although Munster is credited in the title of the atlas, only 49 of the 160 maps and views were copied directly from Munster's work. The city is located in the heart of the Burgundy wine region, and this view graphically illustrates the surrounding vineyards. The town is well protected within high walls and enclosed in a moat. A key at left lists 22 important cites including the famous Le grand Hostel Dieu, one of the first charitable hospitals for the poor. French text on verso.

References: Pastoureau, BELLEFOREST I-1 [39]; Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BELF-1a.

Condition: B+

Light toning along the centerfold and edges of the sheet. There is a small rust spot at far right causing a small hole, and scattered foxing primarily confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $350 - $425


Closed on 11/15/2017