Recueil de plusieurs plans des ports et rades de la mer mediterranee. (Atlas of 37 plates)
DESCRIPTION: Scarce and complete atlas of 37 large-scale 10" x 7" engraved Mediterranean port and harbor plans by French hydrographers and galley (galère, Fr) .pilot Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond.
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This 12" x 8" atlas, published ca. 1730 was the culmination of Henry Michelot's career; the result of at least 40 years experience as pilot of the Reale, premier vessel in the galley service of Louis XIV and XV. These charts are influenced by and bear similarities to a set of manuscript charts published by Michelot from Marseille around 1689 but are updated to reflect his cummulative experience over the intervening 40 years. With an elaborately engraved title page. Some charts engraved by Peter Starck-man.
This 290-year old sea atlas contains port plans from France, Italy, and Spain including Barcelona, Antibe, Mayorca, Bay of Naples, Bay of Gibraltar, and Cadiz. Several of these charts (e.g. Cadiz, Gibraltar) were considered to be the most authoritative works of that era and were copied by others including Thomas Kitchin well into the mid 18th century.
For more information on the life and works of Henry Michelot and his business partner Bremond see our brief illustrated biography.
TITLE: Recüeil de plusieurs plans des ports et rades de la mer mediterranée.
BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean
Pages are slightly age toned- uniformly except title page more browned at far right, as usual. No stains, tears, wormholes, foxing, or damage. Thick, chain-laid paper. Original leather boards (12"x8") , stained and worn; beginning to separate at binding otherwise binding good with tight pages. Impression and platemark strong with good margins as issued. Six compartment spine cracking and missing one compartment.
ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man
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