Holy Island Staples and Barwick
£90.00 Approx $117.34, €103.57
Author: Collins, Capt. Greenville
Publisher: Great Britain's Coasting Pilot
Date published: 1776 circaCopper engraving (by F.W. Oetyes)with later hand colouring. Overall size : 62.6cms x 51.8cms. Image size: 558mm x 440mm. Inset chart of Barwick(Berwick). The title and dedication are in a large vertical oval in the top right corner. On the left is a female and on the right is Neptune with a trident. This is surmounted by a coat of arms and weapons of war. In the bottom left corner is a large drapery panel held by two cherubs containing an inset showing Barwick harbour. This measures 17.2cm. vertical by 17.5cm horizontal. Centre fold as issued. Slight faintness of text bottom left else good condition. In 1681 Samuel Pepys, Secretary of the Admiralty, Master of Trinity House appointed Collins to survey the coast of England, scotland, Wales and the adjoining islands. Collins employed some of London's leading engravers including Moll, Harris, Lamb and Moxon to engrave the plates which were finally published some twelve years after this commission. Despite its inaccuracies this survey was a landmark in British mapmaking. During the Eighteenth Century Collins' atlas was republished about twenty times without revision.