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Francois De Belleforest:  La ville de Rhodes prinse par le Sultan Solyman sur les Chevaliers de saint Iean de Hierusalem

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Title: La ville de Rhodes prinse par le Sultan Solyman sur les Chevaliers de saint Iean de Hierusalem

Map Maker: Francois De Belleforest

Place / Date: Paris / 1575

Coloring: Uncolored

Size: 8.5 x 6 inches

Condition: VG

Price: $195.00

Inventory ID: 39575


Description:

Scarce map of the fortified city and harbor at Rhodes, which appeared in Francois de Belleforest's Cosmographie Universelle De Tout le Monde. 

The map is intended to illustrate the Harbor at Rhodes, which had been constructed by the Knights of St. John, following the conquest of the island in 1309. Under the rule of the newly named "Knights of Rhodes", the city was rebuilt into a model of the European medieval ideal. Many of the city's famous monuments, including the Palace of the Grand Master, were built during this period.

The strong walls which the knights had built withstood the attacks of the Sultan of Egypt in 1444, and a siege by the Ottomans under Mehmed II in 1480.  Eventually, however, Rhodes fell to the large army of Suleiman the Magnificent in December 1522. 


References: Howgego, Printed Maps Of London 3; Pastoureau, M. Belleforest I-1, 4.


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