Michelot and Bremond

Nouvelle Carte De Cotes De Catalogne, Roussillon, Languedoc, Provence

Nouvelle Carte De Cotes De Catalogne, Roussillon, Languedoc, Provence, D'Italie et Partie De L'Isle De Corce. (Only left half is present).

DESCRIPTION: Original antique engraved nautical chart from 1718. Left half of a double-width chart of the Northwestern Mediterranean sea titled:
"Nouvelle Carte De Cotes De Catalogne, Roussillon, Languedoc, Provence, D'Italie et Partie De L'Isle De Corce dediee a Monseigneur le Chevalier d'Orleans General de Galeres de France par ses tres Humbles Serviteurs Michelot Hydrographe et Pilot de Galeres du Roy et Bremond Hydrographe du Roy et de la Ville" Dated within an elaborate title cartouche at 1718.

Inset port/ harbor plans include:
"Plan du Port de Cette en Languedoc"
"Plan du Port de Cadeques en Catalogne"

This antique nautical chart was produced ca. 1727 by French hydrographer and pilot of the French royal galley "La Reale" Henry Michelot.

Possibly a later impression as the chart has a small line near bottom left that appears to be the result of a cracked engraving plate. Published by Laurens Bremond from Marseilles, France.

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.  Left margin is very short. Right half of this double-folio map is missing. Small scrape with loss at center.

COLORING: Contemporary outline color.

ENGRAVER: P. Starckman

SIZE: 26 " x 18 "


PRICE: $1500


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