John Thornton /John SELLER - The English Pilot, The Fourth Book
THORNTON,J. / SELLER, J. [London, 1689]
The English Pilot, The Fourth Book Describing the Sea-Coasts;
Capes, Head-Lands, Rivers, Bays, Roads, Havens, Harbours, Streights,
Islands, Depts, Rocks, Shoals, Sands, Banks, and Dangers from the
River Amazons to New-found-Land; with all the West-India Navigation,
and the Islands therein, as Cuba, Hispagniola, Jamaica, Barbados,
Porto Rico, and the rest of the Caribbe Islands. With A New
Description of New-found-Land, New-England, Virginia, Mary-Land, &c.
Shewing The Courses and Distances from one Place to another, the
Ebbing and Flowing of the Sea, the Settings of the Tides and
By the Information of divers Navigators of our own and other
LONDON, Printed for William Fisher at the Postern on Tower-Hill, and
John Thornton at the Plat in the Minories, MDCLXXXIX. Folio
RARISSIME PREMIERE EDITION,
CONNUE A QUELQUES EXEMPLAIRES SEULEMENT.
Deux parties en un volume in-folio.
Contient 12 cartes doubles, 1 carte dépliante, 5 cartes simples
et 252 gravures sur bois dans le texte. Malgré la pagination
discontinue, l'atlas semble complet.
In-folio de (1) f., 23 pp. et (44) pp. (mal
paginées) ; basane brune d'époque, filets encadrant les plats,
dos à nerfs muet, coiffes arrachées, coins abîmés, reliure
Ex Libris manuscrit : - Bryan Smith, Londres, 1694.
- M. Butaud : "commandons à tous ceux quy auront ce flambaux de
se souvenir du nom".
Estimation 25.000 - 35.000 euro
Adjugé pour 150,000 Euro
2 parts in one volume, folio, in original brown calf binding, ribbed
spine and tooled in blind (spine is separating), ; Printed
title; 23pp.; (44)pp; 1 large folding, 5 single page and 12 double
page charts on heavy ply paper. 255 woodcut plans and coastal
profiles in text.
The text is complete, however incorrectly numbered. The pages numbers 1-4 of part two are considered
the blank verso of charts 9 and 10.
scattered foxing and usual light browning throughout. Last 5 charts
and 20pp. have stronger browning along the lower half of the center
fold, which can be restored). The larger charts generally trimmed
close in binding (as often).
On first blank leave a manuscript exlibris Bryan Smith, London
January of 13th 1694. commandons à tous
ceux quy auront ce flambaux de se souvenir du nom.
Contents of charts
Pilot. The Fourth Book was the “first
wholly English sea-atlas of American waters... [and] the first major
sea-atlas produced in England”—Verner.
Sold for 150,000 euro's
The Fourth Book', published by John Thornton and William Fisher.
Evidently, Fisher provided the printing ability, while Thornton was
the acknowledged chart-maker.
'The English Pilot. The Fourth Book' enjoyed a remarkable longevity,
appearing in 37 editions from 1689 to 1794.
John Seller was a
pioneering British publisher of nautical charts and one of the most
important figures in the early history of British cartography.
Seller's shop, located near the Tower of London in Wapping, became a
gathering place for seamen arriving with the latest news of distant
places such as the West Indies and provided Seller with information
critical to his nautical chart business. In addition to sea charts
he produced a vast array of cartographic material. Seller was
appointed Royal Hydrographer by Charles II in 1671, and also served
under James II and William III. His
English Pilot was a
very ambitious project, being the first attempt by an Englishman to
compete with the dominant Dutch sea atlases, led by Waghenaer's
Unfortunately his business
was built on a shaky foundation and though he made several attempts
to avoid bankruptcy including a consortium partnership with other
cartographers such as William Fisher and John Thornton, he was
charts in this atlas are appearing only in early editions of the
North American volume of The English Pilot. Only a few
copies of the first edition are known all in institutional
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