Roux, Joseph

1790

Antique harbor plan of Çesme , Turkey

Port de Chichime

DESCRIPTION: Antique nautical chart or port plan of the environs around the Bay and village of Çeşme ( Chesme ) Turkey at the far west end of Anatolia near the Çeşme Peninsula. Interestingly, the character "N" in the title "Natolie" is engraved backwards. Çeşme Castle, a 500 year old Ottoman fort is depicted as a walled compound and dominates the east end of the bay. The castle, renovated after the Ottoman-Russian War in 1770, was not used for military purposes after the Crimean War. The castle is is now the Çeşme Archeology Museum.

Çeşme lies in Izmir Province about 50 miles west of the city of Izmir and across a narrow strait from the Greek island of Chios. Çeşme is known as the windsurfing and kite-surfing capital of Turkey, and is considered among the best surfing areas in the world. A few small islands or sandbars, and depth soundings are shown on the map, along with a grove of trees on the north side of the bay.

This small original chart is from a late 18th century edition of the atlas of Mediterranean ports produced by Joseph Roux - "Recueil des Principaux Plans des Ports et Rades de la Mer Méditerranée". Plate 144A.

There were at least four small atlases of port and coastal charts that originated from Marseille hydrographers in the 18th century. Beginning in approximately 1727 these atlases included works by cartographers : Michelot and Bremond, Jacques Ayrouard, Joseph Roux , and Jean Allezard.

CREATOR: Roux, Joseph

PUBLICATION DATE: 1790

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Turkey

BODY OF WATER: Aegean Sea

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean on heavy chain-laid paper. Strong impression and plate mark. A few small spots.

COLORING: Attractive wash hand color.

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SIZE: 8 " x 5 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 2

PRICE: $160


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