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Blois, by Georg Braun and Frans Hogenberg. 1575-1612



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Item Number:  23208
Category:  Antique maps > Europe > France

Old map, bird's-eye view of Blois by Braun and Hogenberg, with key to locations.

COMMENTARY BY BRAUN (on verso): "Blois is a splendid and famous city in France, situated on the Loire, partly in the plain, partly on hills. Here are very many springs and wells, as a result of which many famous personalities who are ill come here on the advice of their doctors in order to recover their health. This has led to some royal and princely children being brought up here, so that Blois is sometimes called a royal city. Outside the town there is a very beautiful castle, the royal palace, from which one looks down into the broad pastures and river meadows."

This bird's-eye view shows the city of Blois from the southeast, from a viewpoint above Faubourg de Vienne overlooking the Loire. The château de Blois with its great central court (3) dates from the 13th century. The Renaissance Francis I wing is notable for its loggia façade and octagonal stair tower. Today the 17th century cathedral of Saint-Louis occupies what was previously the site of the church of Saint-Solenne. The former Benedictine abbey of Saint-Laumer was renamed the church of Saint-Nicolas. In the 16th century Blois was the residence of princes and kings, such as Louis XII and Francis I.

The plate was engraved after a woodcut in Belleforest's Cosmographie Universell, Paris, 1575.

Copper engraving
Size: 31 x 44cm (12.1 x 17.2 inches)
Verso text: Latin
Condition: Old coloured, excellent.
Condition Rating: A+
References: Van der Krogt 4, 513; Taschen, Braun and Hogenberg, p.152. .

From: Civitates Orbis Terrarum, ... Part 2. Köln, 1575-1612.