Lot 331: Atlases.- Seller (John) The Coasting Pilot..., 13 double-page engraved charts, [c.1703], apparently unrecorded edition
November 16, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Atlases.- Seller (John) The Coasting Pilot Describing the Sea Coasts, Chanells, Soundings, Sands, Shoals, Rocks, and Dangers, The Bayes, Roads, Harbors Rivers & Ports with the Buoyes Beacons, and Sea markes, upon ye Coasts of England, Holland, Flanders & France..., engraved architectural title surmounted by busts of Sir Francis Drake and Thomas Ca[ve]ndish, 13 double-page engraved charts mounted on stubs, engraved chart of St.M alo and numerous woodcut coastal profiles in text, contemporary ink signature of "John White Capt." on front free endpaper, a little soiled and stained, mostly light water-staining to lower margin and corners affecting lower edge of a few maps, a few spots, very slight worming to upper edge of maps 7-11 and pp.21-34 not affecting text and barely noticeable on most maps, map 9 defective at upper outer corner just touching corner of plate-mark, front pastedown torn, contemporary panelled sheep, rubbed, one or two worn patches to lower cover, spine worn and chipped at head with short split to upper joint, folio, for Jer.Seller & Cha. Price, [c.1703]. ⁂ An apparently unrecorded Coasting Pilot, published by Jeremiah Seller and Charles Price. Jeremiah Seller (c.1675 - c.1720), son of the cartographer John Seller, was a mapmaker, instrument-maker, publisher and Hydrographer to the Queen. In 1698 he joined his mother, Elizabeth Seller, in carrying on the business of his father and, one year later, they joined into partnership with Charles Price. In c.1705, complaints over the quality of their instruments caused Seller and Price to lose their contract with the Admiralty and, as a consequence, the firm was forced into bankruptcy. Seller's publications were extended and updated as they appeared. This example comprises (with origins supplied where possible): 1) A Plat of the Channel Discovering the Sea Coasts of England, Scotland, Ireland and Part of France. [1a] Newly Corrected [erasure] London. Origin: Joseph Moxon. Book Of Sea-Plats, 1657. 2) A Chart of the North Sea By Jer: Seller & Cha: Price. at the Hermitage Stairs in Wapping. F. Lamb sculp. Origin: English Pilot Southern Navigation, 1690 [c.1703]. 3) A Chart of the Sands, Shoals, Buoys Beacons & Sea-marks Upon the Coast of England By Iohn Seller Hydrographer to the King. Origin: Seller. Atlas Maritimus, 1675. 4) A Chart of Part of England and Part of Scotland By John Seller Hydrographer to the King. Origin: Seller. Atlas Maritimus, 1675. 5) A Chart of the North Sea from y.e South Foreland to Burnham Flatts, and from Callis to Schelling Isle. By Jer: Seller & Cha: Price. Hydrographers at the Hermitage in Wapping London. F. Lamb sculp. 6) A Draught of the Sands, Shoals, Buoys, Beacons, & Sea Markers, Upon the Coast of England from y.e South Foreland to Orford Ness. By Jer: Seller & Cha: Price. at the Hermitage Stairs in Wapping London. F. Lamb sculp. 7) A Draught of the Narrow's Describeing the New-Channel between the Spell and Last: Survey'd by the Trinity House Sold by Iohn Thornton, Iames Atkinson Iohn Colson Iohn Seller & William Fisher. 8) [Untitled Chart Of The Eastern English Channel] Origin: Seller. Coasting Pilot, [?c.1690] 9) The Coasts of England & France from Arundel to the Start and from Cap de Bafle eur to I. de Bass. Origin: Seller. Coasting Pilot, [?c.1690] 10) The Coasts of England & France from the Start, to the Isles of Silly, & from Isle de Bass, to Ushant. Origin: Seller. Coasting Pilot, [?c.1690] 11) A Chart of the Channell By Jer: Seller, & Cha: Price. Hydrographers at the Hermitage Stairs in Wapping London. Francis Lamb Sculp. Origin: English Pilot Southern Navigation, 1690 [c.1703] 12) A Sea Chart Describing The British Chanel, Bay of Biscaia Galissia, Portugal, Spain, & the Straits Mouth, Shewing (In a new Method) The Distances of Places, one from another with the Difference of Latitude and Departure, by Inspection only; by the helpe of Squares drawne on the Chart the side of each Square, Containing Twenty English Leagues. By John Seller Hydrographer to the King. Origin: English Pilot Southern Navigation, 1690 [c.1703] State 2: compass (rhumb) lines have been added across the face of the map. The quarter compass rose has been partially erased, with the scale of 'English Leagues' next to it, although both are still legible. 13) [Untitled Chart Of England And Ireland] Origin: English Pilot Southern Navigation, 1690 [c.1703] State 2: the title has been crudely erased, and the plate heavily re-engraved.