MICHELOT, Henri. Le Portulan de la Mer Mediteranie: ou, Le vray guide des pilotes costiers, Amsterdam: Pierre Mortier, 1709. Title printed in red and black, one folding engraved plate. (Some browning and staining of page edges, dampstaining at upper corners.) [Bound before:] [Carel ALLARD]. L'Art de Bâtir les Vaisseaux et d'en Perfectionner la Construction ... le tout tiré des meilleurs auteurs Hollandois, comme Witsen, Van Eyk, Allard, Amsterdam: David Mortier, 1719 [sectional title dated 1718]. 2 volumes in one, 4° (249 x 182mm). Volume titles in red and black with engraved vignettes, sectional title to 'Les Pavillions ou Banniéres ...' with woodcut vignette, 22 engraved plates of ships and shipbuilding, some folding, 90 engraved plates of flags, engraved illustrations. (Small ink stain on title to vol. I, title and following leaf repaired at upper corner, first plate with deep repaired tear, some soiling, mainly marginal, plates of flags affected by damp in upper right hand corner and with occasional small repairs.). 2 works in one volume, 4° (249 x 182mm). Contemporary calf (rebacked and recornered, preserving part of old spine, inner hinges strengthened). Provenance: W. Merck (contemporary ownership inscription on front blank).
Michelot's guide for Mediterranean coastal pilots was first printed at Marseille and Amsterdam in 1703, and continued to be printed up to 1805. Polak does not call for any plates in this edition, and the plate of a compass rose here bound in may be taken from the copy of Allard, where Polak calls for 23 rather than 22 plates. Where he states there are  + 160 numbered leaves, this copy is numbered up to 175, the last 15 leaves consisting of letterpress tables. The work is bound second in the volume.
First edition in French of Allard's Nieuwe Hollandse Scheeps-bouw, first published in 1695. Polak notes that, though known as 'L'Allard français', it was more than a straightforward translation, being augmented with chapters by Witsen and van Eyk, and with plates representing vessels and nautical instruments as well as the flags of the maritime nations. Polak 6703 & 56/9643 (supplement); Scott Collection 183 & 192 (the two works also bound together).