Michelot and Bremond

Plan de la Baye de Gibraltar

Plan de la Baye de Gibraltar

DESCRIPTION: An attractive and scarce antique copperplate large scale chart of the bay and peninsula of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory. Contains detail on the fortifications and numerous guard towers in the area. Numerous soundings, anchorages, and navigation hazards are noted. Hand colored compass rose. Algeciras is labeled "Vieux Gibraltar". Other noted locations include the old and new quay (mole), Cap Carnero, Plaine de St. Roch and the Ville et Mt. Gibraltar (Rock of Gibraltar).

This plan was produced in 1727 by French hydrographers and galley pilot Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond . This old chart of Gibraltar is one of a handful of Michelot and Bremond charts that were copied by Thomas Kitchin and others for more than 30 years and it should be a part of any serious collection of maps from that region.

Engraved by one of the finest engravers of the time, Peter Starckman. Carries the sellers information: " Ce Vend chez Laurens Bremond sur le Port a Marseilles a coin de Reboul." Published with the royal privilege.

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.  Paper only very slightly tanned but strong with good platemark. Strong impression.

COLORING: Modern detailed color on the compass rose.

ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 10 " x 7 "


PRICE: $300


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