Copperplate

(Sea and Coastal Charts) : 7 items
G. Collins    Great Britain's Coasting Pilot 1693-1792
£225
56 x 44cm


Moray Firth. The chart covers the island of Holyhead and the north-west coast of Anglesey. Coloured. Top and bottom centrefold repaired. In 1681 Samuel Pepys commissioned Captain Greenvile Collins to carry out a complete survey of the coastal waters of Britian. The project was not completed until 1693 when the resulting marine atlas was published with 48 charts. The atlas was republished many times until the Admiralty set up a new Hydrographic office in 1795 to serve the navy's needs.This chart covers the Moray Firth and approaches to Inverness on the east coast of Scotland. Modern colour.
Ref: SEA 021
 
G. Collins    Great Britain's Coasting Pilot 1693-1792
£195
56 x 44cm


Yorkshire and Durham coasts. In 1681 Samuel Pepys commissioned Captain Greenvile Collins to carry out a complete survey of the coastal waters of Britian. The project was not completed until 1693 when the resulting marine atlas was published with 48 charts. The atlas was republished many times until the Admiralty set up a new Hydrographic office in 1795 to serve the navy's needs. This page includes 3 charts covering parts of the Yorkshire and Durham coasts - Burlington (Bridlington) Bay from Hornsey to Flamborough Head,; Scarborough, and Hartlepool.
Ref: SEA 007
 
J. van Keulen    De Nieuwe Groote Lichtende Zee-Fakkel c1704-1730
£325
58.5 x 52cm


Part of the coasts of Dorset and Hampshire. Johannes van Keulen started his family business in Amsterdam in 1680. It continued under his successors for over 140 years. The family was best known for it's two major sea atlases - the Zee Atlas and the Zee-Fakkel, both of which ran to numerous editions. This chart shows the part of the Dorset and Hampshire coast stretching from Bridport to the Isle of Wight, including Chesil Beach, Portland Bill, Weymouth and Poole Harbour. It bears the name of Gerard van Keulen who assumed the management of the firm after the death of his father, Johannes, in 1704. Gerard himself died in 1727, though the chart might still have been used without immediate change of imprint after his death. Original colour. A little light age-toning to the paper
Ref: SEA 023
 
Anon.    Cote Orientale D'Angleterre, depuis Lowestoft jusqu'a…L'Humber 1798
£195
61 x 87.5cm


East Coast of England - Norfolk, Lincolnshire and the Wash. When the Napoleonic wars broke out between England and France the French Admiralty (Depot de la Marine) acquired and copied a number of coastal charts of Britain by various marine surveyors. These were then in c1804/5 collected into volumes which were supplied to the captains of French ships in anticipation of Napoleon's invasion of England (which was eventually called off). This chart of the English east coast, from Lowestoft to the Humber estuary, was one of these charts. It was engraved in 1798 by Etienne Collin, copying an English chart of 1789 by Hamilton Moore. Centrefold and another old, soft fold. Some nibbles and short tears to the outer margins, but otherwise OK.
Ref: SEA 020
 
J. Bellin    Hydrographie Francoise 1759
£195
86.5 x 58cm


Kent, the straits of Dover and the English Channel. Jacques Nicholas Bellin spent over 50 years working for the French Hydrographic Service. He was commissioned to produce new surveys of coastal waters throughout the world, and produced a large number of attractive charts of high quality. These appeared in various editions of his several published works, and were also often sold individually. This chart entitled "Carte du Compte de Kent et du Pas de Calais" is dated 1759, and shows full inland details of Kent, and the western parts of Sussex and Surrey, together with detail of the Picardy coast from Dunkerque to Etaples.
Ref: SEA 002
 
W. Blaeu    Der Zeespiegel 1623-66
£425
36 x 26cm


The Coast of Norfolk and Suffolk. The Blaeus' major sea Atlas, Der Zeespiegel, was first published in 1623, and was re-issued a number of times in both Dutch and English editions between 1623 and 1652. From 1655-66 it was re-issued in an expanded edition as De Groote Zeespiegel. This example is from a Dutch edition and traces the Norfolk and Suffolk coasts from Cromer to Orfordness. Despite the several original editions, the charts are today rare.
Ref: SEA 003
 
J. Bellin    Carte Reduite de la Rade des Dunes 1757
£195
41.5 x 58cm


North-east Coast of Kent. This is one of the set of 5 coastal charts by Bellin for the Depot de La Marine, which cover the English Channel. It is at a larger scale than the others, and focuses upon the coastline from Dover to Reculver, including the towns and harbours of Deal, Sandwich, Ramsgate, Boroadstairs and Margate. Off the eastern tip of this coastline it also features "La Rade Des Dunes" - what the English Called "The Downs", where English fleets often gathered in times of danger. The area was thus of great strategic importance to both France and England, and this chart would have been most useful to any prospective French invasion. The cartouche states that it is based on English sources.
Ref: SEA 015