Michelot and Bremond

Antique chart of the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Formentera

Partie de l'Isle d'Yvice et des Isles Fromentieres (Ibiza and Formentera islands)

DESCRIPTION: Original engraved antique nautical chart of the Balearic islands of Ibiza and Formentera which now belong to an autonomous unit and province of Spain. The French chart, from 1730, shows the port and the town of Eivissa or Ibiza Town which is is labeled "Yvice". Other noted points of interest include: Cap Saline, Porto Magno or Galache Fraques, Ile de Tagomago, and Ile Espalmador. Numerous soundings , anchorages, and rocks are noted as well as a water source near the village of St. Hilaire.

This chart is one of 37 port plans published by Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond ca. 1730 in their atlas of small scale Mediterranean ports: "Recueil de Plusieurs Plans de Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranée" . Both Michelot and Bremond were associated with the French Royal Galley Corps. In their business relationship it appears that Bremond provided the retail space in the port of Marseille, France where this chart, as well as other atlases and nautical prints were sold. Michelot, the chief pilot or"Pilote Hauturière" for the Corps des Galeres provided the name recognition and authority needed for the charts to sell widely.

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: Fair.  Paper delicate and narrow margins. Small marginal tears. Repairs from back to close two small invisible tears. Some loss to margins, not affecting the image. The bottom left margin is very close to neatline.



SIZE: 10 " x 7 "


PRICE: $200


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