Our latest acquisition is this fascinating map of the Dartmouth estuary from Captain Greenville Collins' Great Britain's Coasting Pilot.
Dartmouth To the Right Honorable George Lord Dartmouth, Mr Generall of his Majesty's Ordnance &c. This Map humbly Dedicated, and Presented, by G. Collins Hydrographer to the King.
F. Lamb after Captain Greenville Collins
Copper engraved with hand colouring
472 x 567 mm
Greenville Collins (1669-1696) began his career as an Officer in the
Royal Navy. He is first recognised for an expedition to the coasts of
South America with Sir John Narborough, later he commanded the frigate
"Charles" and went on to be appointed as Hydrographer to the King.
1676 he was commissioned by Charles II and appointed by Samuel Pepys to
survey the coastline of Britain. His Great Britain's Coasting Pilot
was the first work of this kind to survey the British coastline. A
significant achievement, taking about eight years, Collins' charts
replaced the out of date Dutch charts on which Britain had been
previously reliant. In the century to follow Collins' charts were
re-issued over twenty times without revision.