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Brémond & Michelot: Nouvelle Carte de L'Isle de Corce et Partie de celle de Sardaigne

Map: MED2108
Cartographer: Brémond & Michelot
Title: Nouvelle Carte de L'Isle de Corce et Partie de celle de Sardaigne
Date: 1719
Published: Marseilles
Width: 27 inches / 69 cm
Height: 19 inches / 49 cm
Map ref: MED2108
Rare sea chart of Corsica oriented with east at the top of the page, an elaborate title cartouche at its center, rhumb lines, and six elegant compass roses. The beautifully illustrated scale bar in the lower-left corner features an image of Neptune watching a merman fight a large sea monster. This map was 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. [MED2108]