Long title:Dartmouth.To the Rt Honorable George, Lord Darmouth, Mr Generall of his Majesty's Ordnance etc This Map is Humbly Dedicated and Presented by G Collins. Hydrographer to the King. Nautical chart engraved by F. Lamb. Copper engraving with later hand colouring. Overall size : 59.1cms x 52.1cms. Image size: 558mm x 442mm. The map depicts Gemton Bay and Dittason to the mouth of the River, centered on Dartmouth, oriented with west at the top. Includes three coastal profiles, soundings, anchorages and other navigational notes, the title and dedication are in the top left corner in a horizontal oval surmounted by a shield with arms between cherubs holding strings of fish. The scale is in the right border at centre surrounded by fish and fishing gear. and a fishing themed cartouche surrounds the scale of miles. One archival repair in houses below word Dartmouth, two repaired wormholes top blank area, virtually invisible from front, and another at extreme bottom margin, well away from map area. highly attractive map of a very desirable area with flaws reflected in the price. No textual changes between the editions noted in the article in Map Collectors' Circle: Captain Collins' Coasting Pilot by Coolie Verner. The Reign of Charles II was interspersed with wars against the Dutch, principally fought on the high seas. It was soon realised that the Dutch navy had access to better sea charts of English waters than the English themselves. Accordingly, in 1681 Charles II commissioned Captain Greenville Collins to make a survey of the coasts of Great Britain, a task accomplished between 1681 and 1687. During this survey Collins completed 120 manuscript draughts, of which forty-seven were engraved for the Coasting Pilot. The engraving was carried out by some of the leading practitioners of the art, principally John Harris Sr and Herman Moll with James Collins and Nicholas Yeates engraving most of the cartouches..see Wardington Library Sale Catalogue The two vessels Captain Collins used were the ,'Merlin' adn then the 'Monmouth' and John Evelyn comments that Collins,'measured by Chain and other instruments, a most useful and exact undertaking# Blewitt,(Surveys of the Seas 1957) notes that,'Collins used land maps to help him draw the coastline'. The Hydrographic Office, Taunton, has most of the draughts of those charts printed in the Pilot.
|Map maker||Collins, Capt Grenville|
|Publisher||Great Britain's Coasting Pilot|
|Published at year||1693-1760|
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