Michelot and Bremond

Portulan de la Mer Méditerranée

Portulan de la Mer Méditerranée ou Guide des Pilotes Cotiers, par Henry Michelot, ancient Pilote Hauturier sur les Galeres.

DESCRIPTION: Very rare antique edition of this book of sailing directions by Henry Michelot whose earliest career with Louis XIV's Corp des Galeres (Galley Corps) dates to approximately 1675. This edition published in French by Jean Mossy in 1805 is updated with sailing directions for the Levant coast and Greek Archipelago not found in the original 1703 edition.

For the collector of Michelot and Bremond sea charts this volume provides fascinating background and depth into their early works. 596 pages including an index. Includes a preface by Mossy. No maps or illustrations (as issued).

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: Good  Binding strong. Contents in good condition with no foxing although the cover shows its age with significant scuffing and wear on the bottom front right. Small piece of title page missing , not affecting any text.



SIZE: 5 " x 8 "


PRICE: $600


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