Corporation of Trinity House

Rare Chart Lighthouses of Great Britain and Ireland


A Chart exhibiting the Light Houses and Light Vessels of the Coasts of Great Britain and Ireland and also those on the N.W. coasts of Europe between Ushant and Bergen


A fine, very large chart of Great Britain, Ireland, and the west coast of Europe showing lighthouses and lightships active in 1863. Inset charts. Constructed by Alexander G. Findlay. Published Jan 1, 1863 by R.H. Laurie, no. 53 Fleet Street, London. Other editions of this work were published from 1833 to 1888.

No sales of any edition of this work recorded in AMPR. No copies are found for sale online as of October, 2020. About six institutional copies of the 1863 edition are recorded in WorldCat.

Dissected and mounted on linen. Folded into covers with brass decorative gothic clasps. Boards are covered in cloth with a blind stamped decoration and the title, motto "Trinitas in Unitate", and the coat of arms of Trinity House in gilt.

The Trinity House was originally a guild of shipmen and mariners established by Henry VIII in 1517 to support and expand shipping in England. Later the Trinity House was tasked with maintaining buoys, lighthouses, and aids to navigation on the English coast as well as licensing ship's pilots. (Oxford Companion to Ships and The Sea, Peter Kemp, ed. Oxford University Press. London, 1976, p. 889.)

Note: Due to the large size of the chart, the image is a composite of two photographs and may display some small artifacts of the join at left.

CREATOR: Corporation of Trinity House



BODY OF WATER: English Channel

CONDITION: Good.  Folding map on linen. Some light toning at folds but generally clean. Minor splitting to cloth on the spine

COLORING: Lithographed color.


SIZE: 57 " x 49 "




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