Plan de la Rade d'Alicant
DESCRIPTION: Black and white copperplate portulan-style large-scale chart of Alicante, Spain and nearby waters. This chart is one of 37 port plans published by Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond ca. 1730 in their atlas of small scale Mediterranean ports: "Recueil de Plusieurs Plans de Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranée" . Single compass rose with radiating rhumb lines and fleur de lis indicating north. Charming profile view of Alicante topped by "le Chateau". Chart coverage extends eastward from a guard tower past Cap de la Houerta and ends at the prominent villa "la Ste. Face ou la Veronique".
Obligatory '+' symbols for rock at every headland and few soundings suggest that the authors were not as familiar with these waters as with other areas they charted. Three suggested anchorages are designated. These anchorages are arranged as expected by the relative draft of each vessel. The "mouillage de vaisseaux" is farthest from shore, with the "mouillage des barques" and "mouillage des galeres" each in progressively shallower water.
TITLE: Plan de la Rade d'Alicant
BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean
CONDITION: Very Good
Paper only very slightly tanned but strong with good platemark. Slightly browned at edges.
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