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Seller, John, active 1658–1698

The English pilot : describing the sea-coasts, capes, head-lands, soundings, sands, shoals, rocks and dangers; the bayes, roads, harbors, rivers and ports in the northern and southern navigation shewing the courses and distances from one place to another : the setting of the tydes and currents : the ebbing and flowing of the sea : and many other necessary things belonging to the practical part of navigation : being furnished with new and exact draughts, charts, and descriptions, gathered from the latest and best discoveries that have been made by divers able and expert navigators of our English nation / collected for the general use of our countrymen, by Iohn Seller ...

[London] : And are to be sold by the author at the signe of the Marriners Compass, at the Hermitage-stairs in Wapping, [1671]-[1672]
Physical Description:
1 atlas (2 volumes) : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 45 cm (folio)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Folio A 2023 20
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Maps & Atlas (printed)
Scales differ.
BEIN Copy 1: Added map: "A chart of the sea coasts of England, Flanders & Holland" wanting.
BEIN Copy 2: "An appendix of the first book" (8 p.) wanting. Maps in different states and sequences. Added map: "Novissima totius terrarum orbis tabula".
BEIN: No. 374 in H.C. Taylor collection.
Issued in two parts, each with separate letterpress title page, register, and pagination. The "first book" describes the "Northern navigation"; the "second book" describes the "southern navigation".
Title and imprint from engraved title page at the beginning of volume 1.
"Also an appendix ... by Capt. Gilb. Crane and Capt. Tho. Brown ... The sea-coasts surveyed, by Jonas Moor ... "--Foot of title page to the first book.
Volume 1 has imprint: "London, printed by John Darby, and are to be sold by the author ... and by John Wingfield, stationer ..., MDCLXXI." Volume 2 has imprint: "London, printed by John Darby for the author, and are to be sold as his shop ... 1672."
According the preface, Seller had planned the work in 4 books. The Brit. Mus. Cat. v. 218, 698 lists a copy with the 3d book of which 24 p. were published.
Depth shown by soundings.
List of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress, 3985 (book 1 only)
Wing, D.G. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 S-2472
Adams, T.R. English maritime books printed before 1801, 857, 896
English short title catalogue, R37362
BAC Folio A 2023 20: Bound in one volume, in later quarter calf and brown cloth. Ink stamp: Admiralty Library. Has bound with it, before the appendix in book one: Seller, John. A description of the sands, shoals, buoys, beacons, roads, channels, sea-marks, on the coast of England, from the South-Foreland to Orford-Ness. London : John Seller, MDCLXXI [1671].
Subject Terms:
Coasts -- Africa, North.
Coasts -- Europe.
Great Britain. Admiralty. Library. -- Stamp.
Navigation -- Africa, North.
Navigation -- Europe.
Tighe family -- Binding.
Tweedale, John Hay, marquis of, 1645-1713 -- Bookplate.
Nautical charts.
Pilot guides.
Moore, Jonas, Sir, 1617-1679, surveyor.
Darby, John, 1624 or 1625-1704, printer.

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