Roux’s large and detailed chart of the Mediterranean on twelve sheets
By ROUX, Joseph, 1772
[Mediterranean chart on twelve sheets].
- Author: ROUX, Joseph
- Publication place: [?Marseilles
- Publisher: ?Joseph Roux
- Publication date: 1772].
- Physical description: Folio (650 by 400mm), 12 engraved folding charts, inscription ‘Property of William Wilde — for the Brigg Albatross’ to verso of first chart, contemporary limp calf, inscription ‘William Wilde, 1804, Chart of the Mediterranean Sea in 12 Sheets’ to lower cover, a few marks and stains to lower cover, rubbed.
- Inventory reference: 1181
Roux mentions them in the title of his atlas of Mediterranean ports as “ma Carte en douze Fleur”, and they were obviously meant to be companion pieces. Published in 1764, the charts were held in great esteem for many years. One of the more surprising admirers was Lord Nelson, who used an example aboard his flagship, HMS Victory, during his campaigns in the Mediterranean in 1803 and 1805 (see NMM 3:267).
The present example was once the property of William Wilde, a pilot abroad HMS Albatross — a sixteen gun brig-sloop which saw active service in the Mediterranean during the Napoleonic Wars.
- Shirley, BL, M.Roux 2‑a.
- Shirley, Rodney. (2004). Maps in the Atlases of the British Library: A descriptive catalogue cAD850 to 1800. London: British Library. 2 vols.
- NMM, 3: 267