Michelot and Bremond
1727

Plan du Port de Cartagena

Plan du Port de Cartagena

DESCRIPTION: Large-scale original, antique chart / plan from galley pilot Henri Michelot and Laurens Bremond of the Mediterranean harbor and town of Cartagena, Spain. Very attractive pictorial profile view of Cartagena as it looked at that time surrounded by city walls at the beach and by hills to the east. The "Petit Fort" is shown guarding the entrance to the harbor. Other features that Michelot references by name include: "le Chateau", the "Masse de Moulin", a "Grotte ou Caverne", the "Grand Valong" and "l'Ermitage" to the east of Cartagena.

Single compass rose with rhumb lines. Numerous soundings include several warnings about a dangerous area. See also the offered large-scale antique chart of the anchorage of Escombreras ("Rade d'Ascombrera") which provides detail of the environs along roughly a seven-mile stretch of coastline directly south of Cartagena.

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: Spain

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.

COLORING: Modern detailed color on the compass rose.

ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 9 " x 6 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 4

PRICE: $300

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