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Dummer, Edmund, -1712

A survey and description of the principal harbours.

Additional Title(s):

Exact survey of the buildings belonging to the Navy of England

England, 1698.
Physical Description:
1 volume (157 leaves) : illustrations ; 53 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
(Folio A) Atlas 51
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Full text of the title page: "A survey and description of the principal harbours, with their accommodation and conveniences for erecting, moaring, securing and refitting the Navy Royal of England via the rivers of Thames and Medway, containing Chatham and Sheerness Dockyards on the latter, and Woolwich and Deptford on the former. Also the port of Portsmouth and Southampton water, with the dockyard on the former, Plymouth sound with the coast of Devonshire to Torbay, with the late erected new dockyard at Hamoze & the Navy Office near Tower-Hill, London. Illustrated by general planns and proper views or prospects of each place to which the particular buildings thereof are confin'd. Together with an account of the improvements which have been made at each yard since the Revolution, 1688, giving a numericall account of the several kinds of buildings with their quantity and value which by an estimate rate they may be accounted worth to the nation. Also an account of the nature and usefullness of the late erected New Docks at Portsmouth and the yard at Plymouth."
Bound in contemporary crimson morocco, gold ornamental panels on sides, royal crown in center. The spine is lettered: "An exact survey of the buildings belonging to the Navy of England. Done in 1698 P[er] E[dmund] D[ummer]."
Manuscript survey of royal dockyards, written in a copper-plate hand, with numerous views, panoramas, plans, and maps drawn in watercolor and pen and ink. A more embellished copy of the manuscript is found at the British Library (King's MS. 43). Dummer retired from his position as Assistant Surveyor to the Navy in 1699, the year the present work was completed. It was intended to commemorate his work for the Navy, and the present volume presumably belonged to Dummer.
The manuscript includes exact views and plans of all of the naval dockyards in England in 1698, to demonstrate the improvements effected, these are accompanied by others showing the same dockyards as they were before the Revolution in 1688 (except for Plymouth, which had no dockyards at the earlier date). There are also detailed drawings of the principal buildings. The elaborate watercolor title page depicts Neptune in his chariot driving past the fleet.
Subject Terms:
Great Britain. Royal Navy -- Facilities.
Harbors -- Great Britain.
Military architecture -- Great Britain.
Navy-yards and naval stations -- Great Britain.

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