Michelot and Bremond

Plan du Port du Portvendre en Roussillon

Plan du Port du Portvendre en Roussillon en l'Etat ou il etoit en l'Anee 1704 (Rough Translation: "Plan of the port of Portvendre in Roussillon as it was in 1704").

DESCRIPTION: Interesting large-scale, black and white copperplate antique nautical chart / plan of Portvendre (Port-Vendres), France with a carefully colored compass rose. This antique chart is one of 37 port plans published by Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond ca. 1730 in their atlas of small scale Mediterranean ports: "Recueil de Plusieurs Plans de Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranée" .

Notations are made on both sides of the bay warning that the surrounding land is high. It must have been a welcome sight when a navigator finally spied the beach near the harbor where a galley (galère) could land. Along with two forts, the few noted points of interest include a water source, a chapel, and a few stores.

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.

COLORING: Modern detailed color on the compass rose.

ENGRAVER: P. Starck-man

SIZE: 9 " x 6 "


PRICE: $300


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