Michelot and Bremond
1727

Plan de la Ville et Port d'Antibe (Antibes)

Plan de la Ville et Port d'Antibe en l'Etat ou il Etoit en l'Annee 1720. Par les S.es Michelot et Bremond. Avec privilege du Roy. 1727.

DESCRIPTION: Highly detailed, engraved port plan of Antibes, France on the French Riviera or Cote d'Azur, based on information that was current as of 1720. Highlighted by a colored compass rose oriented with north to bottom right, this old antique chart / plan shows Antibes surrounded by Vauban-style defensive walls. Key noted features include "le Chateau", land and sea entrances (ports), le mole or jetty, the Fort d'Antibes and a beach leading to Nice - "Plage qui conduit a Nice."

Numerous soundings, underwater hazards, and anchorages are noted in and near Antibes harbor. This nautical chart was produced in 1727 by French hydrographers and galley (galère, Fr.) pilot Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond.

The distance scale is in toises which was about 1.95 meters before 1812.

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.  On laid paper only very slightly tanned but strong with platemark. Small chip from upper right corner

COLORING: Modern wash hand color.

ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 10 " x 7 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 13

PRICE: $350

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