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Brémond & Michelot: Nouvelle Carte de l'Isle de Malthe

Map: MED2124
Cartographer: Brémond & Michelot
Title: Nouvelle Carte de l'Isle de Malthe
Date: 1718
Published: Marseilles
Width: 27 inches / 69 cm
Height: 19 inches / 49 cm
Map ref: MED2124
Magnificent sea chart of Malta and Gozo with an inset plan of Valletta, a large title cartouche, rhumb lines, and two decorative compass roses. Defensive works are marked on the map, as are beaches suitable for naval landings. The map is oriented with southwest at the top of the page. 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.