Depot de la Marine


Antique Chart Marmara, Dardanelles, Istanbul

Carte Reduite de la Mer de Marmara redigee d'apres les Travaux en 1794 et 1788 par M. Le Comte Truguet . Pair de France …1820 … Gauttier … Benoist. Inset Plan du Canal de Constantinople ou Bosphore leve par M. Kauffer. Inset Plan de Canal des Dardenelles ou Hellespont leve par M. le Comte Truguet.

DESCRIPTION: Very scarce and wonderfully-engraved French sea chart of the Sea of Marmara, the Dardenelles, Istanbul (Constantinople), the Bosphorous, and southern Black Sea from 1826. Depth soundings on this large antique navigational chart extend from the island of Tenedos in the Aegean Sea through the Dardenelles and the Sea of Marmara, up the Bosporus to Istanbul and then into the Black Sea (Mer Noire).

Dedicated to Christophe de Chabrol de Crouzol, Minister of the French Navy from 1824-1829. This supports our date of 1826 though the middle two characters in the date have been effaced leaving only (1--6).

With a large inset chart by Kauffer of the walled city of Constantinople, Turkey and the entire Bosphorous and a second inset chart with the Hellespont and Dardenelles by le Comte de Truguet.

Bellin 1772 chart of the Sea of Marmara. No copy of this chart is found online, nor in the AMPR, while 11 sales are recorded of Bellin's earlier "Carte de la Mer de Marmara" at left.

A brief biography in French explains that Etienne Collin, engraver of this work, was the nephew of the renowned Beautemps-Beaupre, considered to be the father of French hydrography. Beautemps-Beaupre practiced an "enlightened nepotism". The biography notes during Beaupre's tenure as Hydrographer "that the functions (geographers, hydrographers, engravers, draughtsmen, ....) within the Depot were largely occupied by members of the Buache-Beautemps-Collin family."
"Etienne Collin (1770, 1841) né à la Neuville-au-Pont. Cousin de Beautemps-Beaupré, il est recruté par le célèbre hydrographe qui pratique un certain népotisme éclairé" ... (Source:

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine



BODY OF WATER: Sea of Marmara

CONDITION: Very Good.  Well maintained. Slightly, evenly browned. No condition issues save one pinhole somehere in nowhere. Ample margins. Solid. Date is effaced.



SIZE: 37 " x 23 "


PRICE: $2500


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