Capt Greenville Collins - Antique Sea Chart - Dartmouth
Title: DARTMOUTH 'To the Right Honourable GEORGE LORD DARTMOUTH M'R Generall His Majesty's ORDNANCE &c. This is most Humbly Dedicated and Presented by G. Collins. Hydrographer to the KING'
Publication: The British Coasting Pilot
Description: An 18th century Chart of Dartmouth Harbour from The British Coasting Pilot by Captain Greenville Collins. Featuring a highly decorative title cartouche. Also features an inset of Tarr Bay and three views of the headlands.
Condition: Good paper, bold imprint, folding copy as published. Later hand colouring, minor age discolouration to margins. Possibly first edition.
Image size: 460 x 572mm, 18 x 22.5 " approx.
Order No. 3237
Capt. Greenville Collins
In 1676 Collins was commissioned by Charles II, and appointed by Samuel Pepys (who was then Secretary to the Admiralty), to chart the coasts of Great Britain and he produced his Great Britain's Coasting Pilot in 1693, this was the first original sea atlas to be produced by an Englishman.
Collins engaged the services of various engravers to cut the plates including Herman Moll, Harris, Moxon and Lamb, final publication was twelve years after the initial commission.