Michelot and Bremond
1730

Title Page - Recueil de Plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades

Title Page - Recueil de Plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Méditerranée. Dediee a Monseigneur le Grand Prieur de France, General des Galeres

DESCRIPTION: Title page to "Recueil de Plusieurs Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Mediterranee", Henry Michelot and Laurens Bremond's quarto-sized atlas of Mediterranean ports and harbors published between 1727 and 1730. This elaborately engraved title page is very rarely found alone, usually only as one of the 38 plates in a copy of the complete Michelot and Bremond atlas.

Interesting note is that on the bottom neat line, previously engraved wording has been hastily covered over before printing, with just top and bottom of characters still visible.

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: 1730

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: France

BODY OF WATER: N/A

CONDITION: Good  Bit dirty with stains to margins. Nor tears or holes.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: Starckman?

SIZE: 10 " x 7 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 4

PRICE: $475

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