Rare chart of the Aegean Sea
By OLIVIER, F[rancois] , 1746

Carte de l'Archipel Aussi Corrigee par F. Olivier Pilote Vice-Admiral au Departement de Toulon en 1746.

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  • Author: OLIVIER, F[rancois]
  • Publication place: Toulon
  • Publication date: 1746.
  • Physical description: Engraved chart, backed with minor loss to margins and at folds.
  • Dimensions: 800 by 570mm (31.5 by 22.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 1302


The title is set within a fine title cartouche depicting sea monsters. Below are Dutch, English and French scale bars. The chart itself is finely engraved with rumb lines and several compass roses.

Little is know of Francois Olivier (fl.1746-1782), however, he must have been a fine seaman as he present chart gives him the title of Vice-Admiral of the Toulon region (“Vice-Amiral au Departement de Toulon”). By the middle of the eighteenth century Toulon had become one of France’s most important naval bases, from where she opperated her large Mediterranean fleet.


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