logo

Depot de la Marine

Depot de la Marine


The Dépôt de la Marine, known more formally as the Dépôt des cartes et plans de la Marine, was the central charting institution of France. The centralization of hydrography in France began in earnest when Jean-Baptiste Colbert became First Minister of France in 1661. Under his watch, the first Royal School of Hydrography began operating, as did the first survey of France’s coasts (1670-1689). In 1680, Colbert consolidated various collections of charts and memoirs into a single assemblage, forming the core of sources for what would become the Dépôt.

The Dépôt itself began as the central deposit of charts for the French Navy. In 1720, the Navy consolidated its collection with those government materials covering the colonies, creating a single large repository of navigation. By 1737, the Dépôt was creating its own original charts and, from 1750, they participated in scientific expeditions to determine the accurate calculation of longitude.

In 1773, the Dépôt received a monopoly over the composition, production, and distribution of navigational materials, solidifying their place as the main producer of geographic knowledge in France. Dépôt-approved charts were distributed to official warehouses in port cities and sold by authorized merchants. The charts were of the highest quality, as many of France’s premier mapmakers worked at the Dépôt in the eighteenth century, including Philippe Bauche, Jacques-Nicolas Bellin, Rigobert Bonne, Jean Nicolas Buache, and Charles-François Beautemps-Beaupré.

The Dépôt continued to operate until 1886, when it became the Naval Hydrographic Service. In 1971, it changed names again, this time to the Naval and Oceanographic Service (SHOM). Although its name has changed, its purpose is largely the same, to provide high quality cartographic and scientific information to the France’s Navy and merchant marine.



1

1824 - Plan de Mollendo Surla Cote du Perou Levee en 1823 a bord de la Frigate la Clorinde Commandee par M. le Baron de Mackau . . . 1824 (and) Plan D'Ilo

  • $14.99

Antique Sea Chart of the The Southern Coast of Peru -- Mollendo and Ilo Rare separately published sea chart of the the areas around the southern Peruvian towns of Mollendo and Ilo, which was also issued in Volume 7 of the Neptune Francois. The plan...


2

1826 - Plan de la Rade D'Islay | Plan de la Caleta La Guata | Plan de la Caleta Noratos

  • $14.99

Nice set of three harbor plans from this scarce separately published sea chart.


3

1867 - Baie Independencia . . . 1867

  • $14.99

Scarce French sea chart of the area around the Peninsula de Paracas in Peru.


4

1803 - Carte des Cotes Occidentales D'Irlande Reduite de la Carte de Stuart Amos Arnold et rectifee d'apres les Plans leves par M. MacKenzie Publiee Par ordres du Contr-amiral Decres Ministre de Marine et des Colonies . . . 1803

  • $21.99

Scarce early 19th Century Sea Chart of Ireland, published by the French Depot De La Marine. Stuart Amos Arnold is credited as the source of the chart. Arnold published several commercial works on Navigation in the 18th Century, before losing an arm,...


5

1763 - Carte Reduite Des Costes De Flandre et Hollande Depuis le Pas de Calais jusqu'a l'Elbe et les Costes d'Angleterre Opposees. . . M DCC LXIII

  • $21.99

Finely executed sea chart of the coast of the Low Countries and a bit of the opposite coast of England, published by the Depot de La Marine. This would have been one of the best and most up-to-date coastal charts of the region published in the middle...


6

1823 - Carte Des Bouches De Bonifacio Levee a Dressee en 1821 et 1822 Par M. De Hell . . . 1823

  • $14.99

Detailed map of channel between the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia, with topographical and nautical details concerning the contiguous coastlines of each of the islands. Includes a profile view of the Coast of Corsica, along with detailed sailing...


7

1793 - Anse de Gijon d'apres le Plan leve en 1787 par Tofino 1793

  • $14.99

Detailed plan of the harbor and environs of Gijon, extending from Cap de Torres to Pointe Cervigon. The map is oriented with south at the top and includes extensive soundings, anchorages, coastal and harbor details and sailing directions. Based upon...


8

1793 - Port De Santona d'apres le Plan leve en 1789 par Tofino 1793

  • $14.99

Detailed plan of the harbor and environs of Santona, from Laredo to Barcena. The map is oriented with west at the top and includes extensive soundings, anchorages, coastal and harbor details and sailing directions. Based upon an early plan by Don...


9

1793 - Port De Passage d'apres le Plan leve en 1788 par Tofino 1793 (Pasaia)

  • $14.99

Detailed plan of the harbor and environs of Pasaia, Spain, extending from the mouth of the Harbor to Bordalaborda, with a number of forts, churches and other structures located along the coastline. The map is oriented with west at the top and includes...


10

1793 - Baie Port et Ville De St. Sebastien Capitale du Guipuzcoa d'apres le Plan leve en 1788 par Don Vte. Tofino....1793

  • $14.99

Detailed plan of the harbor and environs of St. Sebastian. The map is oriented with south at the top and includes extensive soundings, anchorages, coastal and harbor details and sailing directions. Based upon an early plan by Don Vincente Tofino de...


11

1838 - Carte Des Entrees De La Riviere D'Hoogly depuis la Fausse Pointe Palmiras jusqu'a la Rade de Saguor Levee in 1817 Par le Capitaine Wm. Maxfield . . . . / Carte Des Entrees De La Riviere D'Hoogly depuis l'Ile Saguor jusqu'a Dressee . . . la Compagnie An

  • $21.99

Finely detailed pair of sea charts, covering the northern part of the Bay of Bengal and a chart of the River from the coast to Calcutta and Hoogly. The chart at the right tracks the course of the Hooghly River northward, with an existing post road and...


12

1841 - [Maldives] Carte Des Iles Maldives Levee en 1835, Par M.M. R. Moresby et. F.T. Powell, Officiers de la Marine de la Compagnie des Indes . . . 1841.

  • $14.99

First French Edition of Moresby's Chart of the Maldives One of the earliest obtainable maps to focus on the Maldive Islands, based upon the surveys conducted by Robert Moresby in 1835. Morseby's surveys of the Maldives were the first modern survey...


13

1839 - Carte Des Iles Sumatra, Java et Borneo et Des Mers Environnates . . . 1856 (includes Singapore)

  • $14.99

Scarce French sea chart of Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Celebes and environs, published by the Depot General de la Marine. The map extends from the Straits of Malacca in the West to Borneo and south to Sandal Wood (Pulau Sumba), southwest of Java and Bali....


14

1846 - Carte Des Detroits de Singapore, Durian et Rhio et des parages environnants; Dressee d'aprees les cartes d'Horsburgh et celle de l'Amirante Anglaise en 1840 et d'apres la carte Hollandaise du Detroit du Rhio . . . par M. M. Dittlof Tjarssens, Bloijs, Va

  • $14.99

Second state of this rare sea chart of the Singapore Straits and environs, published by the Depot de la Marine. The map is one of several charts prepared in the mid-1840s by Urban Dortet de Tessan, for the Depot de la Marine, utilizing contemporary...


15

1850 - Carte des Detroits a l'est de Java (Detroits de Surabay, Bali, Lombok et Allas) Dressee par Mr. J. De la Roche-Poncie Ingenieur Hydrographie d'apres les dernieres cartes de Lieutenants Melville de Carnbee et Smits de la Marine des Pays Bas . . . 1850

  • $14.99

Rare French sea chart of Java, Madura, Bali, Lombok and neighboring islands, published by the Depot de la Marine in Paris. The chart includes extensive sailing annotations in an early hand. The most interesting note appears in northern Lombok,...


16

1862 - Carte Du Detroit De Malacca (Partie Sud) Depuis Les North Sands Jusqu'a Singapour; d'apres M.M. Wm. Rose, Roberts Moresby et C.Y. Ward . . . 1862

  • $14.99

A rare large-format 1860s sea chart of the southern part of the Straits of Malacca, including Singapore Island, published by the French Dépôt de la Marine. This highly detailed sea chart embraces the Straits of Malacca from a point just north of...