Depot de la Marine

Antique nautical chart of Brittany Coast near the Vilaine River

Carte Ouest du France. De la Pointe du Grand-Mont au Croisic. Entrée de la Vilaine. Carte levee en 1820 et 1821 par les Ingenieurs Hydrographes de la Marine sous les ordres de M. Beautemps-Beaupre, Ingenieur Hydrographe en Chef. Depot General de la Marine. 1826.

DESCRIPTION: Antique chart of the west coast of France from the Anse de Cornaud and Pointe du Grand Mont southward to le Croisic. First published in 1826, this chart of Brittany includes part of the Department of Morbihan, and the mouths of the Penerf and Vilaine rivers. The chart is updated as of 1907. Settlements and habitations covered include Cornaud, Saint-Gildas-de-Rhuys, Chateau de Suscino (en ruins), Damgan, Port de Billiers, Penestin (Pennetin), Mesquer, Piriac-sur-Mer, la Turballe, Guerande, Clie, and Saille. The chart extends westward to include the Ile d'Hoedic and many surrounding smaller islets of the greater and lesser Cardinaux Islands.

Very extensive and minute detail of the shoreline and near shore areas with elevation denoted by fine hachuring. Hundreds of individual structures are placed accurately. Thousands of soundings with isobath contour lines and navigational hazards would have aided the coastal navigator in the area.

This is a early 20th century linen-mounted folding chart, an updated edition of a chart first published by France's Depot de la Marine in 1826. This sea chart is based on the original surveys conducted in 1820 and 1821 under the supervision of Charles-François Beautemps-Beaupré (1766-1854), considered to be the father of modern French hydrography. Linen verso is printed via letterpress with "De La Pointe du Grand-Mont AU CROISIC. Entrée de la Vilaine."

CREATOR: Depot de la Marine



BODY OF WATER: Atlantic Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Laid to linen in eight parts as issued. No holes or tears. Linen backing is somewhat browned with a few spots.

COLORING: None except that some aids to navigation are colored red with yellow highlight to make them more apt


SIZE: 35 " x 23 "


PRICE: $425


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