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Antique sea charts from “Great Britain’s Coasting Pilot” by Captain Greenvile Collins (1774)

Browse our stock of large, decorative sea charts by Captain Greenvile Collins of the coastline, ports, harbours and river estuaries of the British Isles from “Great Britain’s Coasting Pilot”, the first original sea atlas to be produced by an Englishman. This edition was published circa 1774. In spite of its name, the atlas includes charts of Ireland, as well as England, Scotland and Wales. It also includes two coastal profiles of southern Britain.

Captain Collins was a Royal Navy officer and a prominent hydrographer, who was commissioned by King Charles II in 1676 and appointed by Samuel Pepys (then Secretary to the Admiralty), to chart the coasts of Great Britain. Until publication of his atlas, nautical charts were often defective. With a yacht supplied by the Admiralty, and financially supported and supervised by Trinity House, Collins spent seven years on the survey, the first edition of which was published in 1693. The charts, while not completely accurate, were an enormous advance on anything before them, entitling Collins to rank as not only one of the earliest, but also among the best of English hydrographers. Twenty-one further editions were published during the eighteenth century.

The charts enjoy many decorative features including cartouches, dedications, compass roses and numerous rhumb lines. See also our stock of other maps by Mount & Page probably based on Collins survey.

A new & correct chart of the Channel between England & France. COLLINS c1774 map

A large, highly decorative and detailed sea chart of the English Channel, and the other coasts of the southern part of Great Britain incuding the Thames Estuary, East Anglia, South Wales & Cardigan Bay, plus south east Ireland. Inset are detailed charts of Plymouth Sounds and the Isle of Wight

GBP 1124

USD 1753
EUR 1619

EAST COAST OF ENGLAND & THAMES ESTUARY from London to the Nore.COLLINS c1774 map

This magnificent sea chart shows (orientated towards the west) the east coast of England from Dover to the Humber, including the coastlines of north Kent, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire. Inset at the top and orientated towards the south is a plan of the Thames Estuary from London to the Nore sandbank. Many towns and villages are shown along the coast, together with sandbanks and other offshore features.

GBP 724

USD 1129
EUR 1043

‘The River Avon from the Severn to the Citty of Bristoll’. COLLINS, c1774 map

This navigation chart, which is orientated towards the south, shows the course of the River Avon from the City of Bristol, a plan of which is shown in some detail, to the Severn estuary. Places marked include Porshuit (Portishead), Pill, Shirehampton, King’s Weston, Clifton, Hotwells and the place where King William III landed on his return from Ireland during the Williamite War in 1690. The title cartouche depicts a sailing vessel passing through the Avon Gorge.

GBP 649

USD 1012
EUR 935

SOUTH DEVON RIVIERA sea coast chart. Salcombe Dartmouth Torbay COLLINS c1774 map

The chart shows the South Devon coast between Newton Ferrers and Exmouth, including South Hams, Salcombe, Dartmouth, Torbay, Brixham, Paignton, Torquay, Teignmouth, Topsham and Bigbury-on-Sea. Inset is a vignette view of William III’s landing in Torbay in 1688 – the “Glorious Revolution”

GBP 449

USD 700
EUR 647

NORTH SEA coast chart. East coast of England Holland Flanders. COLLINS c1774 map

This splendid sea chart shows the entire east coast of England, from Dover to Berwick and the Firth of Forth, with the North Sea and the adjacent coast of Flanders and Holland. Offshore features, notably sandbanks, are marked including the Dogger Bank and the Broad Fourteens. Many coastal towns and villages are named. The map is orientated towards the west.

GBP 449

USD 700
EUR 647

The Isle of Wight, the Solent & Hampshire coast. Portsmouth. COLLINS, c1774 map

The map covers the Isle of Wight, the Solent and the Hampshire coast. Many towns and villages are marked including Southampton, Portsmouth, Newport and Yarmouth.

GBP 449

USD 700
EUR 647

‘DARTMOUTH’, Dart Estuary & TORBAY sea chart. Brixham Torquay. COLLINS c1774 map

The chart shows Dartmouth, Kingswear and the River Dart estuary as far as Dittisham. Coastal recognition profiles of the mouth of the river are presented in the bottom right hand part of the sheet. Inset at the top is a chart of Tarr Bay (Torbay), with Brixamkey (Brixham Quay) and Tarckey (Torquay) both marked

GBP 424

USD 661
EUR 611

‘Edinburgh Firth’ sea chart. Firth of Forth. Lothian & Fife. COLLINS, c1774 map

This superb sea chart of the “Edinburgh Firth” depicts the Firth of Forth with the adjacent coasts of Fife and Lothian between Leuchars and Berwick-upon-Tweed, and as far inland as Dunfermline. Numerous coastal towns and villages are named, including Edinburgh, Leith, Crail, St Andrews, North Berwick, Dunbar, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Eyemouth, Queensferry & Dunfermline.

GBP 424

USD 661
EUR 611

‘A New and Correct Chart of the Harbour of Corke’. LINDSAY/COLLINS, c1774 map

This magnificent navigational chart shows Cork harbour, including adjacent coastline, towns and sandbanks. Towns and villages marked include Cork itself, Rostellan, Belgrove, Cobh (Cove Town) and Ringaskiddy. At the bottom of the sheet, a coastal recognition profile from Old Head to Hawk’s Rock is shown.

GBP 399

USD 622
EUR 575

PLYMOUTH SOUND & SALCOMBE sea chart. Kingsbridge estuary. COLLINS, c1774 map

The chart depicts Plymouth Sound, the Hamoaze and the Cattewater, and the Tamar estuary as far north as Saltash (which is marked). In addition to Plymouth itself, other towns and villages marked include Cawsand, Wembury, Millbrook, Newton Ferrers, Hooe & Oreston. Inset on the right hand is presented a chart of Salcombe and part of the Kingsbridge estuary.

GBP 374

USD 583
EUR 539

‘The River Dee or Chester-Water’ sea chart. Wirral Merseyside. COLLINS c1774 map

This beautiful navigation chart depicts the coast and sands of the Wirral, Merseyside, the Dee estuary and part of Flintshire. Numerous towns and villages are marked including Chester, Liverpool, Birkenhead, Kirkby, Bootle, Wallasey and Prestatyn. Navigation routes and instructions to avoid sandbanks are marked.

GBP 374

USD 583
EUR 539

BELFAST LOUGH sea chart. 1690 William III at Carrickfergus. COLLINS, c1774 map

This decorative navigation chart shows Belfast Lough (previously known as Carrickfergus Bay or Carrickfergus Lough), and adjacent coastline. It is dedicated to King William III ‘Defender of the Faith’, and shows the Lough at the time of the King’s landing in Ireland in 1690, prior to the Battle of the Boyne, during the Williamite Wars. The location of the landing of the King himself in Carrickfergus is marked, along with that of his army further up the coast, and that of the Duke of Schomberg in…

GBP 374

USD 583
EUR 539

DUBLIN BAY sea chart. Howth Head North Bull Clontarf Merrion. COLLINS, c1774 map

This magnificent navigational chart shows Dublin Bay and the adjacent coast, including Howth Head, North Bull and South Bull sandbanks. Dublin itself is shown in some detail, and the surrounding villages marked include Dalkey, Merrion, Sutton, Clontarf, Kilbarrack & Monkstown.

GBP 374

USD 583
EUR 539

‘NEWCASTLE UPPON TYNE’. Tyneside Wearside Sunderland Blyth. COLLINS, c1774 map

Thus magnificent nautical chart shows the estuaries of north-east England including the Tyne, Wear and Blyth rivers. The main map shows the River Tyne and Tyneside from its mouth to Newcastle-upon-Tyne; North Shields, South Shields & Tynemouth are also depicted. Inset along the left hand side is the coast adjacent to the Wear estuary; Sunderland and Monkwearmouth are marked. Inset in the top right corner is a chart of Blyth Harbour, Blyth and the mouth of the Blyth River. Seaton Sluice, Seaton D…

GBP 349

USD 544
EUR 503

‘The Severn or Channell of Bristoll’ sea/estuary chart by Capt COLLINS c1774 map

This beautiful nautical chart shows the Bristol Channel and Severn Estuary with the adjacent coasts of South Wales, Gloucestershire, Somerset & Devon. The chart features a decorative coat of arms and inset at bottom right, it depicts King William III’s return from Ireland during the Williamite War with the inscription: ‘At Shere hampton near King Road, landed his Majtie. on the 6t of Septr. 1690 he sailed in 27 hours from Duncannon Fort to King Road and lay that night at Kings Weston at the hous…

GBP 324

USD 505
EUR 467

‘THE ISLE OF MAN’ sea coast chart. Douglas Ramsey Peel Castle. COLLINS c1774 map

The map shows the Isle of Man, with inset top right a view of Peel castle. A number of towns are marked including Douglas, Ramsey, Peel, Castletown & Laxey, as well as Snawble (Snaefell). Onchan is marked as “St Concan”

GBP 324

USD 505
EUR 467

Approaches to ABERDEEN, DUNDEE & MONTROSE sea chart. Tay. COLLINS, c1774 map

This decorative navigational chart depicts three river estuaries of the east coast of Scotland, with the towns at each of their mouth. The main chart shows the Tay estuary with the city of Dundee and the adjacent sea coast from Fissnesse to Montrose, including the towns of Arbroath, St Andrews and Crail. Inset in the top left hand corner is the Dee Estuary and the city of Aberdeen. In the top right is the River South Esk estuary with the town of Montrose. The maps are all orientated towards the …

GBP 324

USD 505
EUR 467

‘FOWEY & MOUNTS BAY’ sea chart. Polruan Bodinnick Penzance. COLLINS, c1774 map

The chart depicts the Fowey river estuary. A number of features are shown including the towns/villages of Fowey, Polruan, Bodinnick (“Pendennick”) and Menabilly. The smaller chart inset in the top left hand corner depicts Mount’s Bay, including Penzance, St Michael’s Mount, Mousehole and Market Jew (Marazion). Below the insert chart is a coastal recognition profile for the entrance to the Fowey estuary, with Coombe Farm, Fowey Castle, St Catherine’s chapel and St Saviour’s church (Polruan) marke…

GBP 299

USD 466
EUR 431

‘A Large Chart of the Downs’. East Kent coast. Dover-Thanet. COLLINS, c1774 map

The chart, which is orientated towards the west, shows the east Kent coast between Dover and Margate. Towns and other features marked include Sandwich, Deal, Ramsgate, North Foreland, South Foreland, Dover Castle & Broadstairs. Coastal recognition profiles for South Foreland are presented at the top.

GBP 249

USD 388
EUR 359

ENGLAND SOUTH COAST PROFILE Kent Sussex IOW Dorset Devon COLLINS, c1774 map

The sheet depicts coastal recognition profiles for key sections of and features along the coast of southern England (Kent, Sussex, the Isle of Wight, Dorset and Devon), including Walmer Castle, South Foreland, Beachy Head and the Seven Sisters, the Isle of Wight, Portland and Dartmouth

GBP 84

USD 131
EUR 121

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