Michelot and Bremond

Plan du Port de Cadequie en Catalogne

Plan du Port de Cadequie en Catalogne

DESCRIPTION: Old, rare antique nautical chart of Cadaqués, on the Costa Brava ("rough coast") of the Mediterranean Sea in Catalunya Spain. This antique 18th century antique sea chart covers the Bay of Cadeques and this northern Spanish port along with a few of the nearby mountains in the vicinity of Cape Creus. The chart shows but does not name Cadeques' only inhabited island: Isla S'Arenella.

This among several large-scale charts of Spanish ports in Michelot's and Bremond's important 37-plate atlas of 1730: “Recueil de Plusiers Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranee".

Single colored compass rose with rhumb lines. Numerous soundings.

[All Items by Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond]

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 / Balearic

CONDITION: Very good.  Paper only very slightly tanned but strong with good platemark. Slightly browned at edges and a few small smudges. Strong impression and platemark.


ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 10 " x 7 "


PRICE: $365


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