Rade de Marseilles Dediee a Monsieur Charles Salles
DESCRIPTION: Interesting, large and very unusual late 18th century copperplate chart of the Bay of Marseille by Joseph Roux dedicated to Charles Salles, of the Marseilles Chamber of Commerce. Stretching across the entire top of chart is a view of Marseille environs from Cape Couronne to Mayre Island, including the islands of Tiboulain, Chateau d'If, Ratoneau, and Pomegues in what is now called the Frioul Archipelago .
Decorative cartouche is adorned with elements reflecting arts, travel, and learning and is surmounted with a coat of arms containing a boar and two stars, souurounded by a laurel wreath. We have never seen this chart with dedication to Charles Salles anywhere else.
TITLE: Rade de Marseilles Dediee a Monsieur Charles Salles- Negociant, Depute de la Chambre de Commerce de Marseilles
BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean, Bay of Marseilles
Supple chain-laid paper. Strong platemark. Excellent impression.
Light staining bottom half particularly along horizontal fold.. Margin 3/8 inch minimum. 3 vertical folds. Horizontal fold. Remnants of pasted tab on reverse.
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