Scarce map of Europe by Francois De Belleforest, which appeared in his 1575 Cosmographie Universelle. The map is perhaps the earliest map of the European continent printed in France.
De Belleforest's scarce map is drawn from the first edition of Abraham Ortelius's Typus Orbis Terrarum. The primary difference is that while the Ortelius map is a copperplate engraving, while Belleforest continues the tradition of woodcut maps, copperplate maps not having yet gained currency in France.
Ortelius's map was the first widely disseminated modernized map of Europe in the latter part of the 16th century and became the standard map of the continent until well into the 17th Century.
Woodcut on laid paper.