Michelot and Bremond

Michelot Title Page - Recueil de Plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades (2)

Title Page - Recueil de Plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranee. Dediee a Monseigneur le Grand Prieur de France, General des Galeres

DESCRIPTION: Title page to "Recueil de Plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranee", Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond's quarto-sized atlas of Mediterranean ports and harbors published between 1727 and 1730. This elaborately engraved title page is very rarely found alone, usually only as one of the 38 plates in a copy of the complete Michelot and Bremond atlas.

Interesting note is that on the bottom neatline, previously engraved wording has been hastily covered over before printing, with just top and bottom of characters still visible.

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




CONDITION: Good  Numerous wormholes. Margins trimmed to the neatline.


ENGRAVER: Starckman?

SIZE: 10 " x 7 "


PRICE: $215


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