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The Severn Or Channell Of Bristoll

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The Severn Or Channell Of Bristoll : G.Collins

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An attractive chart of the Bristol Channel showing the coasts from Bristol to Boscastle and from Chepstow to Broadhaven. The chart is dedicated to the Right Honourable Sr. Robt. Southwell Kt. "Who attended his Majty. K.William the 3d in his Expedition for Ireland ...". An inset at lower right shows Shirehampton, on the Severn outside Bristol, where the King landed, and was accommodated by Sir Robert at his home Kings Weston in 1690. Captain Greenvile Collins was one of the most important English mapmakers and Charles II granted him the title "Hydrographer to the King". It was also Charles II who, in 1681, appointed Collins to undertake a "survey of the sea coasts of the Kingdom by measuring all the Sea coasts with a chain and taking all the bearings of the headlands". From 1681 to 1688 Collins was engaged in making this survey, during the course of which he produced some 120 manuscript draughts. The engraved maps were apparently available separately as they were completed and by 1693 the charts were published in atlas form, entitled "Great Britain's Coasting Pilot". This sea-atlas contained 47 charts of the British coast, and proved a great commercial success. Collins' atlas was much needed as, until its publication, British mariners sailing in British waters had been dependent on the earlier sea-charts of the Dutch. With both charts and sailing directions, Collins' atlas filled a gap in the market. As a consequence of its popularity, the atlas was re-issued throughout the next century.
mapmaker: G.Collins  
place and date of publication: London 1693
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 430 x 550
ref: 35585

Price: £ 500£ 300

 
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