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COLLINS, Capt. Greenvile

The Chief Harbours in the Islands of ORKNEY

Published: Great Britain Coasting Pilot. 1760

Stock code: 53246

Price: £450

Sale Price: £180

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Sea chart of the harbours of Orkney. The main map shows the sea inlets around Kirkwall, two inset maps show Deer Sound and Stromness. Five coastal silhouettes inset at top right, title cartouche flanked by black eagles at centre right. 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 Royal 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, mainly to upper margin. Very good condition. Size: 56 x 44 cm. (22 x 17 inches)

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