Edmond Halley - English Channel Chart - Dover to Isles of Scilly with Channel Islands
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Title: 'A New and Correct CHART of the CHANNEL'
Publication: Atlas maritimus & commercialis. London: J. & J. Knapton, W. & J. Innys
Description: Extensive two part chart of the English Channel from Dover to Lands End, with the Channel Islands, Scilly Isles and Northern France by Edmond Halley and Nathaniel Cutler.
Condition: Good paper and imprint, later hand colouring. Copperplate line engraving. Scarce.
Image size: 522 x 590mm
20.5 x 23.5 each approx.
522 x 1180mm total.
Order No. 3301
18th century chart of the English Channel by Edmond Halley.
Edmund Halley ( 8 November 1656 - 25 January 1742)
One of the great names in the history of astronomy and cartography. A celebrated mathmetician , Fellow of the Royal Society, the second Astronomer Royal in succession to Flamsteed, his name is perpetuated in the name of Halley's Comet, the orbit of which he calculated.
As a young man he spent two years in St. Helena taking observations and in the years 1698-1700 took part in voyages in the North and South Atlantic studying meterology, magnetic variations and ocean currents. The charts he issued as a result of his studies were widely used and reproduced.
Halley by Richard Phillips