Michelot and Bremond

Plan de la Rade d'Ascombrera

Plan de la Rade d'Ascombrera

DESCRIPTION: Large-scale antique copperplate-engraved nautical chart / plan of waters offshore Cartagena, Spain from French galley pilot and hydrographer Henri Michelot. Coverage extends roughly from Cabo Tinoso (Cap-Tignoso) past Cartagena, Spain; Escombrera Island and Bay, and ends in the east near Cabo del Aqua. Single compass rose with rhumb lines radiating in all directions. Highlight detail includes the "Chapelle des Galères" not too far from a beach at the head of Escombrera bay.

See also the related large-scale antique chart / plan of Cartagena, Spain which provides detail of the city and the harbor directly south of Cartagena. When framed both charts together would make an attractive grouping.

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. Slightly browned at edges particularly at right. Strong impression and good platemark.


ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 9 " x 6 "


PRICE: $300


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