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THE FIRST ENGLISH SEA ATLAS OF AMERICA<br>The English Pilot. [The Fourth Book.] Describing The West-India Navigation, from Hudson’s Bay to the River Amazones. London, Printed for Mount and Davidson, 1794.
London: , 1794. Folio [47.7 x 31 cm], 66 pp. (with pagination errors), with (26) engraved maps (21 of which are double-page or folding), the first chart with letterpress text attached (as called for), numerous woodcuts in the text. Bound in contemporary sheep, rebacked, blind-tooled borders to upper and lower covers. Minor rubbing to covers. Some spotting to the fourth map (Verner no. 62) and adjacent letterpress pages, small tear to fold of map 10 (Verner no. 60), two small circular mends to title page not affecting text, otherwise remarkably well preserved.A spectacular copy of the final edition of the English Pilot, The Fourth Book, the first wholly English sea atlas of American waters. The work was sufficiently in demand to justify 37 legitimate editions from 1689 to 1794 and three pirated editions. All editions are rare. During the history of this title its charts underwent numerous changes. The first edition contained only 18 maps whereas this 1794 final edition contained 26."The English Pilot was the first major sea-atlas produced in England. In its final form it consisted of five separate books, and The Fourth Book was the first wholly English sea-atlas of American waters. Although the idea originated with John Seller, he was involved in producing only the first two books. William Fisher and John Thornton produced The Fourth Book in 1689, and their successors Mount and Page continued to print it for over 100 years … Seller's proposal for a 'Sea Waggoner' resulted in the production of The English Pilot, which consisted of five separate volumes with a common generic … [Click Below for Full Description]
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