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Brémond & Michelot: Plan de Golfe de Naples et des Environs

Map: IT3360
Cartographer: Brémond & Michelot
Title: Plan de Golfe de Naples et des Environs
Date: 1718
Published: Marseilles
Width: 27 inches / 69 cm
Height: 18 inches / 46 cm
Map ref: IT3360
Magnificent sea chart of the Gulf of Naples, including the islands of Capri and Ischia, with a grand, nautical cartouche and two large compass roses. A smoking Mt. Vesuvius is illustrated. Compiled by Henri Michelot and Laurent Bremond, Royal Hydrographers to King Louis XIV, 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 (BC) [IT3360]