Narcissus Lutrell’s copy of the first systematic survey of British coastal waters by an Englishman
By COLLINS, Captain Greenvile, 1693
Great Britain’s Coasting Pilot. Being A New Survey of the Sea Coast By Capt. Greenville Collins Hydrographer to their Majestys 1693.
- Author: COLLINS, Captain Greenvile
- Publication place: London
- Publisher: Printed by Freeman Collins and are to be Sold by Richard Mount Bookseller, at the Postern on Tower-Hill
- Publication date: 1693.
- Physical description: First edition, two parts in one volume, folio atlas (522 by 345mm), engraved frontispieces to both parts, titles in red and black, 49 plates (of which 42 double-page, three folding, three full-page and one in the text) engraved by J. Collins, J. Harris, F. Lamb, H. Moll, James Moxon, F. W. Oetjes, and N. Yeates, all COLOURED IN OUTLINE IN A CONTEMPORARY HAND, occasional faint discolouration, manuscript index to free endpaper, Narcissus Luttrell’s cipher stamped to title page with 1693 in manuscript below, titles in manuscript to verso of each chart, contemporary blind-panelled calf, worn, rebacked.
- Inventory reference: 1024
As noted by Verner, a few early copies contain charts in their earlier forms: the present example contains at least three of these. They are (in sequence): (1): plate 12 (Verner 5: Portland Bill), which appears to be an intermediate state between 1 and 2 showing the sandbanks mentioned, but with the alteration of the lower left corner of the plate; (2): [unspecified plate] (Verner 45: St George’s Channel), in state 1; (3): [unspecified plate] (Verner 46: River Avon), which appears to be an earlier form still of Verner’s state 1 before the addition of the dedication cartouche, and thus possibly a proof state. The large folding chart of the English Channel (chart 6 in this copy) appeared in this edition only.
The atlas also includes Philip Lea’s rare, separately issued map of England and Wales in its preliminary state, with many of the lesser inland towns marked, but not named.
- Shirley, British Isles, Lea 2, state 1
- Shirley, Rodney. (2004). Maps in the Atlases of the British Library: A descriptive catalogue cAD850 to 1800. London: British Library. 2 vols.