COLLINS, Capt. Greenville (1643-1694). To The Right Hon.ble James Earle of Perth Lord Chanceller of the Kingdom of Scotland [Edinburgh Firth]. London: William Mount and Thomas Page, 1738.
Single sheet (20 x 23 ½ inches, full margins showing the plate mark). Fine engraved map of the Firth of Forth leading to Edinburgh, Scotland, with the dedication within an elaborate cartouche (some spotting, lightly toned).
THE FIRST HYDROGRAPHIC CHARTS OF GREAT BRITAIN. This map of the Firth of Forth, from St. Andrew’s Bay and Dunbar along the coast and past Edinburgh to Inverkithing, was originally published in Greenville Collins' "Great Britain's Coasting Pilot Being a New Survey of the Sea Coast." The map is dedicated to James Drummond, the Fourth Earl of Perth, and the Lord Chancellor of Scotland, who was imprisoned for his allegiance with King James II and then exiled shortly after these maps were published. Beneath the cartouche, the engraver is identified as I. Collins, possibly James Collins who was known for his engravings of cathedrals.
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 # 72TM008