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Great Britains Coasting Pilot Being A New Survey of the Sea Coast

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Great Britains Coasting Pilot Being A New Survey of the Sea Coast : Capt. Greenville Collins

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A lovely British atlas title page from one of the most important chart books of British coasts. Greenville Collins' work was not only the first systematic survey of British coastal waters, but also the first marine atlas of these waters engraved and printed in London from original surveys. Prior to its appearance English sailors relied on often out-dated Dutch materials. By 1723 the plates and text had been acquired by the firm of Mount and Page. The firm would go onto publish some 20 editions between 1723 and 1793, with little or no revision to the charts, or text. Captain Greenvile Collins was one of the most important English mapmakers yet little is known about the man himself. He was an officer in the Royal Navy and served with Sir John Narborough in his expedition to the Straits of Magellan, and subsequently served against Algerian pirates. He was made a commander in 1679 and Charles II granted him the title "Hydrographer to the King". It was also Charles II who, in 1681, II appointed Collins to undertake a "survey of the seacoasts of the Kingdom by measuring all the Sea coasts with a chain and taking all the bearings of the headlands". This plate, engraved originally for 1693, was reissued numerous times for around one hundred years necessitating some re-engraving. This example is clear and distinct with Neptune holding aloft a large shell on which the title appears - Britannia, the Royal Coats of Arms, mythological sea creatures and figures occupy the sea areas.
region: Title Pages
mapmaker: Capt. Greenville Collins  
place and date of publication: London 1693 - 1779
medium and colour: Copperplate, Original colour
size in mm: 420 by 260mm (16.5 by 10.25 inches).
ref: 43764

Price: £ 500

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