COLLINS, Capt. Greenville (1643-1694). The Sea Coast from Fiffenesse to Montros was Surveyed by Mr. Mar an Injenious Mariner of Dundee. London: William Mount and Thomas Page, 1738.
Single sheet (20 x 23 ½ inches, full margins with plate mark). Fine engraved map of part of the Scottish coast, 2 insets, title within a small cartouche, and dedication within an elaborate cartouche (some spotting, lightly toned).
THE FIRST HYDROGRAPHIC CHARTS OF GREAT BRITAIN. This map of the coast of Scotland from the headland of Fife Ness to Montros was originally published in Greenville Collins' "Great Britain's Coasting Pilot Being a New Survey of the Sea Coast." The two insets show detailed surveys of the coast at Aberdeen and Montros.
Captain Greenville Collins was appointed to the position of His Majesty’s Hydrographer by Charles II in 1681, and was commanded to “make a survey of the sea coasts of the Kingdom by measuring all the sea coasts with their exact latitudes, the true plots of all harbours, rivers, roads, bays, creeks, islands, soundings, and the setting and flowing of tides’ which he surveyed over the course of seven years and finally published in 1693 (Hyde 2009). Verner, MCS #58, 1969. Robinson p.40-43, 1962. British Library Cartographic Items Maps C.25.b.11. For more information about this map, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Tara Mishkovsky, M.A. in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72TM012