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Capt. Greenvile Collins: [The coast of east Anglia]

Map: GB1979
Cartographer: Capt. Greenvile Collins
Title: [The coast of east Anglia]
Date: c. 1720
Published: London
Width: 37 inches / 94 cm
Height: 23 inches / 59 cm
Map ref: GB1979
A splendid chart on two sheets (joined) of East Anglia from the mouth of the Thames to the mouth of the River Humber in Lincolnshire.

This map was originally issued by Captain Greenvile Collins in the Great Britain Coasting Pilot, the first major survey of the coasts of the United Kingdom made by an English hydrographer. The work was highly successful and issued in several new editions throughout the 18th century. This map is one of the early re-issues with only Collin's name on the title, on heavy paper and with the copper plate giving a sharp and crisp impression.

The map is orientated east to west and shows a detailed survey of the coastlines of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Lincolnshire. A large inset on the upper part of the map shows the Thames from London to the Buoy of the Nore. The Nore is a sandbank in the Thames Estuary and generally acknowledged as the point where the Thames meets the North Sea. The inset is orientated with south on top.

In the middle of the map there is a large cartouche depicting a maritime scene and bearing a dedication to the Master and Wardens of Trinity House; Collins himself had been made a Warden of the House and it was also their responsibility to care and maintain the highly important chain of navigation buoys along the Thames, including the Buoy of the Nore. SL [GB1979]