Coloured sea chart of the Falmouth River and Helford River, Cornwall, England. Printed in London between 1693 and 1792.

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Decorative antique sea chart of the Falmouth River in Cornwall, the southwestern part of England. Shows the Falmouth Bay and the river from the mouth with Falmouth, Pendennis Castle, Penryn, St Mawes, Mylor to Truro. The inset to the left shows the mouth of the Helford River with Mawnan. To the right two coastal profiles which appear at the mount of the Falmouth River and Helford River.

Decorated with two compass roses and a richly decorated title cartouche. In addition to sandbanks and anchorages, also water depths are indicated. The chart is dedicated to Sir Peter Killigrew, 2nd Baronet.

From Great Britain's Coasting Pilot. Being a New and Exact Survey of the Sea-Coast of England by Captain Greenville Collins. First printed in 1693 by Freeman Collins in London. The charts were reissued until 1792.


CartographerGreenville Collins
Publisher, YearFreeman Collins, London, 1693-1792
Plate Size44.9 x 56.7 cm (17.7 x 22.3 inches)
Sheet Size52.5 x 62.3 cm (20.7 x 24.5 inches)


Very good conditions. Printed on thick paper. Small tears in margin.


Captain Greenville Collins (also spelt Greenvill or Greenvile) was an English captain and officer of the Royal Navy. In 1676 he served as a master of the Speedwell. The ship was wrecked off Novaya Zemlya, but the crew was rescued. Based on his journal of the voyage, Charles II drew attention to him and commissioned him to survey the coasts of Great Britain in 1681.

In 1693 he published his atlas Great Britain's Coasting Pilot containing tide tables, coastal views, and 49 sea charts of the coasts of England and Scotland. The Coasting Pilot was printed by his cousin Freeman Collins and sold by Richard Mount. Until the 19th century, 21 additional editions appeared. The sea charts were not very accurate, but an enormous advance against older charts. Collins was not only the first English hydrographer, but also one of the best.

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Coloured sea chart of the Falmouth River and Helford River, Cornwall, England. Printed in London between 1693 and 1792.

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