Regnard A., “Mers du Levant, Notes sur l’Archipel Nord”, MANUSCRIPT, [Aegean sea], c.1820-1825. NAVIGATION MANUAL (Sea Pilot) for the Northern Aegean Sea – Manuscript. FOLIO 33x22cm, pp.12. Unbound but attached, in French paper with watermark c.1810, text clean overall very good condition. Together With: Anonymous, MANUSCRIPT (a sea provisions list for the French fleet of the Levant). FOLIO, 36X22cm, pp.12. Unbound but attached in French blue paper with watermark dated 1804, text clean overall very good condition. [Toulon ?] c.1815-1817. The SEA PILOT is signed by Captain A. Regnard, capitaine de l’Estefette (French war schooner, attached permanently to the French Levant fleet, since 1817) and is addressed to Captain Desfresne, his superior, capitaine de la fregate du Roi, l’Atalante (a war frigate) which obviously, joined that time the Levant fleet. It contains the following chapters: “Notes sur la navigation de l Archipel Nord”, “Regles generals”, “Route de Cerigo a Smyrne”, “Route de Smyrne a Salonique”, “Route de Smyrne a Dardanelles”. After follows a detailed sea journey in the Aegean, which starts at Milos island, continues to Sifno and Serifo, after Siros, then Tinos and Mikonos, continuing via Venetico to Chios, then to Karaburnu in Anatolia and Mytilini, from there to Scopelos, after to Cavo d Oro, Mandry bay at Kea, after Poros, from there to Samos and back again to Milos. It is a fine sea pilot original route, full with marine details and topographical information. The Estafette was stationed in the Levant. She was present in Milos in spring 1820, and the statue of Venus of Milos, found in the island, was loaded on her board. The statue remained on board for 6 months before the arrival in France. Regnard was not her captain at that time, but just after this event. Estafette undertook hydrographical researches and charting of the Aegean Sea, still widely unknown at that time. It is obvious that her officers were experts in Aegean Sea waters. Especially the northern Archipelago which was still uncharted up to the 1820s. When the new ship Atalante arrived to join the Levant fleet, this navigational manual has been prepared for her captain. The detailed sea itinerary, at the second part of the manuscript, looks more as a sea patrol plan scheduled for a war. During the Greek Revolution, foreign war ships, especially French, were present in the Aegean for protecting the international trade. The Greeks often complained that these ships were breaking their embargo to the Ottoman ports, by allowing their supply via neutral cargo ships.