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905Coming Soon!DetailsDudley, Robert1646
Fine Antique Nautical Chart of Scotland with Edinburgh
Dudley, Robert
1646
$2,400.00Dudley--RobertFine-Antique-Nautical-Chart-of-Scotland-with-EdinburghRare and extremely desirable first edition nautical chart of the east coast of Scotland including coastline for all or part of the following Scottish council areas : the Lothians, Fife, Angus, Aberdeenshire, Moray ("Costa di Muray"), and Highland. <br></br> This antique sea chart is from the <b>Dell' Arcano del Mare</b> published from Florence in 1646 by Sir Robert Dudley, the illegitimate son of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester and a close friend of Elizabeth I. Dudley was an adventurer, explorer, naval advisor to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and publisher. The charts have a unique sparse Baroque style that is complemented by very high quality calligraphy and engraving (by Lucini). In addition to the quality of execution, charts from the Arcano del Mare are highly sought after for their singularity- as the <b>first maritime atlas to cover the entire globe</b>, the first world atlas published by an Englishman, and the first maritime atlas to use the Mercator projection. <br></br> There are many named settlements in Scotland on this old chart including: Dunbar, Edinburgh ("Edenburgh"), Dundee ("Donde"), <b>St. Andrews or "S. Andrea" (of golfing legend)</b> , Aberdeen ("Alberden"), Peterhead ("Peter Polle"), Spey Bay ("Spyn"), Rosemarkie ("Rosemark") . Kinloss ("Killos"). At the far north the chart ends at Cromarty ("C. di Comar"). <br></br> In much the same way as Wagenhaer exaggerated certain features on his charts, so too the mouths of firths, bays, and rivers are not to scale. By depicting them at a larger scale, Dudley is able to obtain some of the benefits of a large-scale chart in what is otherwise a small-scale chart of the area.
943Coming Soon!DetailsCollins, Greenville1750
Antique chart of the coast near Leith, Scotland
Collins, Greenville
1750
$325.00Collins--GreenvilleAntique-chart-of-the-coast-near-Leith--ScotlandAntique chart of the city of <b>Leith, Scotland</b> (North and South Leith) and the surrounding coastline by <b>Greenville Collins</b>. With an attractive inset view "Prospect of Leith from the East" showing Leith Harbour, with square-rigged sailing ships anchored behind the pier. With one of the earliest available street plans of Leith, showing the bridge across the Water of Leith linking the two halves of the city. That bridge, originally built in the late 15th century, was demolished in 1780. <br></br> From one of the many editions of Greenville Collin's 'Great Britain's Coasting Pilot', published from 1693 to 1792. At top left angels hover holding a sheet on which is drawn a elevation view of a castle with three domed towers and three gates, each with a portcullis. Suggested by one writer to be a coat-of-arms, the actual meaning of the image is unkown.
1287Coming Soon!DetailsCollins, Greenville1750
Antique Chart of the Shetland Islands
Collins, Greenville
1750
$240.00Collins--GreenvilleAntique-Chart-of-the-Shetland-IslandsAntique sea chart of the eastern portion of the <b>Shetland island of the "Mainland"</b>, a part of Scotland. Includes the islands of Bressay (Brassey) and Noss (Nos). Noted are the villages of Lerwick, Heoghan, Laxford and many more. <br></br> Decorative antique eighteenth century copperplate nautical sea chart, printed on thick paper ca. 1750. Attribution for engraving at bottom left to "H. Moll"- Herman Moll. <br></br> From Captain Greenville or Greenvile Collins "Great Britain's Coasting Pilot: being a new and exact survey of the sea-coast of England and Scotland from the river of Thames to the westward and northward ...". <br></br> Greenville Collins was an officer of the Royal Navy and prominent hydrographer who was commissioned by King Charles II in 1676 and appointed by Samuel Pepys to chart the coasts of Great Britain. The resulting atlas - Great Britain's Coasting Pilot - was the first original sea atlas to be produced by an Englishman.
825Coming Soon!DetailsCollins, Greenville1750
Antique nautical chart of the Orkney Islands
Collins, Greenville
1750
$550.00Collins--GreenvilleAntique-nautical-chart-of-the-Orkney-IslandsAntique sea chart of the North Sea, the Orkney Islands, Wide Firth, Hoy Sound and Deer Sound. The islands shown on this scarce, old British chart include parts of the Mainland ("Pomona"), Shapinsay, Gairsay, Wyre, Egilsay, and Rousay. With 5 coastal elevation views including: Copinsha to Mulhead; Faire Isle; the Maiden Papps of of Carness; Dunkins Bay Head. <br></br> Title cartouche on this decorative chart of the Orkneys is held up by a pair of fierce sea eagles clutching a rag between their beaks. <div class="indenttextblock">Sea eagles have a long history in Orkney. The Bronze Age burial tomb at Isbister, South Ronaldsay (the ‘Tomb of the Eagles’) famously contains their bones, while a Pictish symbol stone found at the Knowe of Burrian, Harray, features a beautifully carved bird. <br></br> Sea eagles became extinct across the UK in the early 19th century due to combination of widespread habitat loss and human persecution, with the last bird shot in Shetland in 1918. (<b>Sea Eagles Nest in Orkney after 142-year Absence</b>". Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. <a href="http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/orkney/b/orkney-blog/archive/2015/04/16/sea-eagles-nest-in-orkney-after-142-year-absence.aspx">Internet.</a> June 19, 2015)</div> </br> Date in the title cartouche was largely erased from the copper engraving plate but remains faintly visible as 1688. This sheet is probably a later edition (estimated 1750), explaining the erasure. From one of the many editions of Greenville Collin's 'Great Britain's Coasting Pilot', published from 1693 to 1792.