Michelot and Bremond

Antique French nautical chart of Ibiza and Formentera, Balearic Islands, Spain

Partie de l'Isle d'Yvice et des Isles Fromentieres Par les S.es Michelot et Bremond. Avec privilege du Roy. 1730.

DESCRIPTION: Attractive and authentic antique engraved nautical chart of the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Formentera, Spain. Includes the noted locations of St. Hilaire, Porto Magno, Cap Saline, Isle des Salines, and Isle Tagomago. The authors identify anchorages, navigation hazards, depth soundings, watering locations, and a shallow northern passage between the islands labeled "on peut passer ici par un beau tems." Shows the port and the town of Elvissa labeled "Yvice".

This small antique chart is one of 37 port plans and harbor charts published by Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond ca. 1730 in their small-scale atlas of Mediterranean ports: "Recueil de Plusieurs Plans de Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranée."

Contains a carefully colored compass rose with north oriented to the right,

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: Good.  On solid laid paper with ample margins. Somewhat uniformly grubby overall, consistent with nearly 300 year age. Evident platemark.

COLORING: Modern detailed outline color on the compass rose.


SIZE: 10 " x 7 "


PRICE: $350


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