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COLLINS, Capt. Greenvile


Published: Great Britain Coasting Pilot. 1760

Stock code: 53250

Price: £500

Sale Price: £200

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Sea chart of the Firth of Forth, showing the coast from Dunbar to St, Andrews. Soundings, rhumblines. Inset map of coast from St. Abb’s Head to Berwick. Dedicatory cartouche at top left, decorated with spears, bannersmermaids and seamonsters, with scale in English miles below. The Great Britain Coasting Pilot was the result of the first systematic survey of British coastal waters. It took eight years to complete, and was used by the Royla Navy for navigating British waters for many years. The charts are notable for both their accuracy and their charm.Captain Greenvile Collins was an outstanding naval officer who became ‘Hydrographer to the King’ before the Coasting Pilot was published.

Copper engraving. Later colour. Expert repairs to margins. Very good condition Size: 56.5 x 45 cm. (22 x 17 inches)

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