Michelot and Bremond

1730 Plan of Port-de-Bouc, near Martigues, France

Plan du Port de Bouc, Proche le Martiques par Michelot et Bremond

DESCRIPTION: Antique copperplate nautical port plan of the entrance to the harbor at Port-de-Bouc near Martigues, France produced by French hydrographer and galley pilot Henry Michelot and hydrographer Laurens Bremond in 1730 . Colored compass rose at center with rhumb lines and numerous soundings.

Along with soundings and navigation hazards the features that Michelot deemed important near Port-de-Bouc and referenced by name include a "Pigeonnier", the beach "Plage de Fos", a tower and fortress "Tour de Bouc", and numerous "Bordigues" or fish weirs.

Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond

Henri Michelot was an early 18th century French cartographer with a close connection to the sea. Michelot, self-described Hydrographer and Pilot of the Galere Royale or Royal Galley, was then part of a corps of approximately 40 galleys (galeres) or oared sailing vessels stationed in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast. In the Mediterranean, galleys were based primarily at the arsenal in Marseilles, France. Galleys were typically rigged with the triangular Mediterranean "Lateen" sail(s).

Bookseller and royal hydrographer Laurent Bremond "Hydrographe du Roi et de la Ville" sold charts and maritime books from his establishment in Marseille located near the port at the corner of Reboul street ( "au Coin de Reboul").

The output of Michelot and Bremond, from approximately 1715 through 1730 consisted of an atlas of 16 small-scale charts, a port book of 37 large-scale charts, and a coast pilot of the Mediterranean: "Portulan de la Mer Mediterranee, ou Guide des Pilotes Cotiers." Their work (the "Portulan" was published in several languages at least until 1805) and was a primary source of navigational information about the Mediterranean for years. The charts of Michelot and Bremond were often copied by others such as Kitchin and Roux.

CREATOR: Michelot and Bremond



BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Very good.  Paper only very slightly tanned but strong with good platemark. Strong impression.

COLORING: Modern detailed color on the compass rose.


SIZE: 9 " x 6 "


PRICE: $320


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