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Hand-Colored 17th Century Sea Chart of Flanders, Holland, Frisia, and Norfolk



This hand-colored chart of the seas about Flanders, Holland, Frisia, and Norfolk is from "Great Britain's Coasting Pilot. Being a New and Exact Survey of the Sea-Coast of England" by Captain Greenville Collins, first published in 1693. It depicts the seas between the east coast of England and the west coast of Flanders and Holland, along with multiple islands adjacent to the coasts. Prominent land features include the cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges, Delft, Rotterdam, Yarmouth and Dover. The chart includes several compass roses and extensive rhumb lines. A beautiful and colorful cartouche in the lower right includes a dedication to Sir John Ashby, "Admiral of the Blew". These sea charts by Captain Greenvile Collins (1643-1694) are beautiful, colorful and striking, as well as historically very important to the British navy for approximately 100 years. Captain Collins was appointed “His Majesty’s Hydrographer” by King Charles II and asked to survey the coast of Great Britain and plot all of the harbors, rivers and islands, etc. This took seven years and the resulting charts were first published in 1693. They were published until 1792. We have 16 sea charts from this series that are all the same size and are framed and matted identically. The frames are a unique plexiglass sleeve design, measuring 27.75" x 23' x 0.5" and the mats are a cream color. There is a central fold, as issued, and one tiny spot in the left lower chart. It is otherwise in excellent condition. The provenance for these sea charts is very interesting. They were owned by Tom Perkins, who is considered one of the fathers of Silicon Valley. He was one of the founders of Kleiner Perkins Cauffield and Byers, the first big and most influential Silicon Valley venture capital company. Perkins himself was an avid sailor and had at the time the largest and most technologically advanced sailing yacht in the world, the Maltese Falcon. I have 16 of his sea charts that are all the same size and are framed and matted identically. The frames are a unique plexiglass sleeve design.


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 23 in. (58.42 cm)Width: 27.75 in. (70.49 cm)Depth: 0.5 in. (1.27 cm)
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  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Late 17th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Alamo, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: # 32481stDibs: LU5206220338442

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