Michelot and Bremond

Nouvelle Carte de 'lisle de Malthe (Malta)


Nouvelle Carte de 'lisle de Malthe (Malta) Dediee a Monseigneur le Chevalier d'Orleans, General des Galeres de France


Highly desirable antique nautical chart of the eastern Mediterranean islands of Malta ( Malthe ), Gozo ( Goze ), and Comino. The chart is the scarce, folio-sized nautical chart of Malta, Gozo, and Comino by French galley pilot Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond dated 1718: "Nouvelle Carte de 'lisle de Malthe… ".

A unique feature of this antique chart is the spouting sea serpent, not found on any of the other 17 charts by Michelot and Bremond, Marseilles based cartographers associated with the French Galley Service- the 'Corps des Galeres'.

Contains rhumb lines, two decorative compass roses and a large inset of the port of Valetta. Adorned with a decorative cartouche of unclothed captive Muslim slaves and numerous cannon, flags and other martial symbols. Contains extensive interior detail of towns, villages, hills, aqueducts, and defenses.

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.  Strong paper, no holes or tears. Clean and bright. Short margin at top.

COLORING: Modern, professional outline hand-color.

ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 27 " x 19 "




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