[Early woodblock plan of London]
BELLEFOREST, François de.
La Ville de Londres. Londinium Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis. Paris, 1575. Woodcut, image size 320 x 490mm. Very fine example.
Belleforest's work Cosmographie Universelle was a French version of Munster's Cosmography, although he copied this map from Braun & Hogenberg's map of 1572 (including the spelling of 'The Towre'). Munster did not produce a London map until 1598, when he also copied the Braun and Hogenberg. The view of London pre-dates 1561, as the steeple of St Paul's Cathedral is shown despite being destroyed that year. South of the river can be seen the Bull and Bear-baiting rings. HOWGEGO: 3 & p.11;
[Ref: 11041] £3,800.00 ($5,727 • €4,438 rates)