DESCRIPTION: 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, aquaducts, and defenses.
CREATOR: Michelot and Bremond
PUBLICATION DATE: 1718
GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Malta
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