Michelot and Bremond
1727

Plan de la Rade du Gourjan et des Isles Ste. Marguerite

Plan de la Rade du Gourjan et des Isles Ste. Marguerite

DESCRIPTION: Antique copperplate-engraved nautical chart / plan of the islands, bay, and beaches between Cane (Cannes) and Antibe, France in the Cote d'Azur region of the French Riviera. Islands noted offshore by Michelot include Isle St. Honora (Saint-Honorat ) and Île Sainte-Marguerite which is one of the locations where the "man in the Iron Mask" is known to have been jailed. Other features are Pointe de la Foucade (Fourcade) Cap de la Garoupe, tours de la Croisette on (Cap de la Croisette) and two beaches: plage du pilon, and plage qui conduit a Nice.

This antique chart / plan was produced ca. 1730 by French hydrographer and pilot of the French royal galley "La Reale" Henry Michelot. The port plan was one of 37 original plans published in Marseilles by Michelot and Laurens Bremond in a volume titled "Recueil de Plusieurs Plans de Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranée." Later in the 18th century the plans were copied and reprinted by Roux, Allezard, Kitchin and others.

Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond


Michelot and Bremond were French cartographers with a close connection to the sea. Michelot, self-described Hydrographer and Pilot of the Galere Royale or Royal Galley, then part of a corps of about 40 oared sailing vessels stationed in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coast. Galleys were typically rigged with the triangular Mediterranean "Lateen" sail(s).

Bremond "Hydrographe du Roi et de la Ville" sold charts from an 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

PUBLICATION DATE: 1727

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Very good.  Paper only very slightly tanned but strong with good platemark. Some light staining in bottom margin.

COLORING: Modern detailed color on the compass rose.

ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 9 " x 6 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 4

PRICE: $425

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