Capt. Greenvile Collins Map "Fowey and Mounts Bay"


A wonderful original map of Fowey and Mounts Bay, Cornwall from "The British Coasting Pilot" by Captain Greenvile Collins, published in 1693, by Clerk.

The British Coasting Pilot was commissioned by King Charles II in 1676 after a Dutch invasion of the Thames showed a weakness in our knowledge of our own coastline. He spent 7 years collating information and making sketches and plates for his atlas, which was initially published in 1693 by a number of engravers. The production of the atlas did not end until 1792.

This example covers the stretch of the Cornish coast around the mouth of the Fowey with an inset map of Mounts Bay, around Penzance. The top left has the number 17 in a small square and the bottom right shows the engravers mark' Ja Clerk sculp'. It has its original fold as published and is coloured. There is a fine illuminated cartouche presenting and dedicating the chart to the Lord Bishop of Bristol.

Condition is very good showing no fading or bleaching.
Paper Size: 50 x 61.5cm
Print Size: 45.1 x 57cm