Antique Nautical Sea Chart of South Devon by Capt. Greenville Collins
Title: 'To the Right Honourable THOMAS Earl of Pembrooke and Montgomery Baron Herbert S. Herland etc. Primier Commisfs for Executing the Office of L. High Admiral of England etc. And one of their Ma'ties mos Honourable Privy Council. This is most Humbly Dedicated & prefented by Capt. Greenville Collins'
Publication: The British Coasting Pilot
Description: An 18th century Chart of South Devon by Captain Greenville Collins. Featuring a highly decorative title cartouche which depicts an event contemporary to the survey, the 'Landing of King William, Nov. 5th 1688' in Torbay.
Condition: Laid down, cropped to border, repaired damage to bottom corners, later hand colouring. Possibly first edition.
Image size: 460 x 572mm
18 x 22.5 " approx.
Order No. 3167
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.