Holy-Head by Capt. Greenville Collins

Holy-Head by Capt. Greenville Collins

Code: 45967

£90.00 Approx $102.04, €103.69

Author: Capt. Greenville Collins

Date published: 1693-1760

Nautical chart. The map shows depths, low water mark, sunk rock and 3 elevations for use in navigating in sight of the shore. This map has a scale of miles in the lower left corner with dolphins and two figures, one holding a cross and the other a snake. Copper engraved map with later hand colouring. Overall size : 60.5 cms x 50.7cms; image size:563mm x 444mm. Margins have patches of surface browning- see magnified image; right and left margins have waterstains slightly into image; 5.3 cms from foot of centrefold re-inforced on verso; some surface dusting and odd marks in blank areas but a very attractive map nonetheless.. Highly decorative cartouche with putti holding a banner with the title inset and another group holding a shield. Margins browned at edges and with some brown marks; centrefold as published; faint black line in blank area must be flaw in plate; very attractive map despite some surface dusting. 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