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Brémond & Michelot: Carte Particuliere des Cotes d'Espagne et Barbarie

Map: MED2114
Cartographer: Brémond & Michelot
Title: Carte Particuliere des Cotes d'Espagne et Barbarie
Date: 1723
Published: Marseilles
Width: 27 inches / 69 cm
Height: 19 inches / 49 cm
Map ref: MED2114
Magnificent chart of the western Mediterranean from Gibraltar to Cartagena, Spain with rich coastal detail. Inset maps of Gibraltar and Tangiers. Embellished with rhumb lines, compass roses, and a grand title cartouche. Compiled by Henri Michelot and Laurent Brémond for their atlas of 16 large Mediterranean sea charts.

Henri Michelot was one of the most important French chartmakers of the late-17th and early-18th century. Unlike most of his peers, Michelot was a highly experienced sailor as Royal Pilot to the French galley fleet based in Marseille. Brémond’s role in the production of the atlas is somewhat uncertain, though as Royal Hydrographer to Louis XIV, it is likely that his purview was printing, publishing, and selling the charts using Michelot’s surveys.

Interestingly, an English edition of the atlas was issued in 1725 despite the rivalry between the two nations. Michelot’s surveys were adapted by many contemporary mapmakers, including the English firm of Mount & Page who went so far as to credit Michelot in the titles of many of their Mediterranean charts.

Strong impression. [MED2114]