Antique Sea Chart of Liverpool by Greenville Collins
Title: 'A New and Exact Survey of the River Dee or CHESTER - WATER, is most humbly Dedicated and Presented to his most sacred M'y WILLIAM III KING of Great Britain, France & Ireland by Capt. G. Collins hydrographer to the KING.'
Publication: The British Coasting Pilot
Description: An 18th century Chart of Portland and Liverpool, Chester and the River Dee from The British Coasting Pilot by Captain Greenville Collins. Featuring a highly decorative title cartouche and text panel with a detailed description of the coastline featuring races, sandbanks and a compass rose.
Condition: Good paper, folding copy as published. Later hand colouring. Some printers creases, closed split to left margin slightly into border.
Image size: 460 x 572mm
18 x 22.5 " approx.
Order No. 2899
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.