COLLINS, Capt. Greenville (1643-1694). Yarmouth and the Sands about it. 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 coast around Yarmouth in Great Britain, title within large elaborate cartouche (very little spotting, lightly toned).
THE FIRST HYDROGRAPHIC CHARTS OF GREAT BRITAIN. This map of Yarmouth on the East coast of England was originally published in Greenville Collins' "Great Britain's Coasting Pilot Being a New Survey of the Sea Coast." The large cartouche is framed by fishermen and fishing nets in an homage to Yarmouth’s booming herring industry. The map is dedicated to Henry Howard, 7th Duke of Norfolk, and Privy Councilor to King William III and Queen Mary II.
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 # 72TM010