Jenner’s early charts of the British Isles

By JENNER, Thomas, 1653 

A Description & Plat of the Sea-Coasts of England.

British Isles Great Britain
  • Author: JENNER, Thomas
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: M[atthew] S[immons] for Jenner
  • Publication date: 1653
  • Physical description: 4to (180 by 140mm), title, two folding engraved maps, p.43 and 44 mis-numbered 37’ and 36’, lacking p.45, eighteenth century half calf over blue marbled-paper boards, rubbed.
  • Inventory reference: 2872


An early English mariner’s chart, intended to break the Dutch monopoly on such productions. The work is accompanied by pilotage instructions, tables of saemen’s wages by rank, entitlement to prize money, sick pay etc.” (Wardington). On the title-page, which contains a succinct summary of the whole work, Jenner states his aim to be that any man may be as experienced in the Sea-Coast by this Card, as they have been by Land, by the six Mapps of England wherein the Villages and smallest Places were known to travell unto them. and where the Land Armies did lye”; this is a reference to his famous Quartermaster’s Map. 


  1. Wing D1139.

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