[Sea Charts of the South Coast of England.]. James F. Coldwell.
[Sea Charts of the South Coast of England.]
[Sea Charts of the South Coast of England.]
[Sea Charts of the South Coast of England.]

Exquisite manuscript charts

[Sea Charts of the South Coast of England.]

Britain: 1953-67. 8vo, 21x16 cm, 53 pp., with approximately 44 manuscript charts, largely on the south and southwest coast of England, from Cornwall to Dover, with an emphasis on the Solent, some folding, some double-page; many meticulously drawn and colored with blue, gray and a touch of red wash. These charts were drawn by a young yachtsman who ultimately turned professional. The charts were done ostensibly as a tool both to learn the coast better and for practical use, but plainly Coldwell, whether consciously or not, created something that transcends a mere utilitarian purpose, for the charts exude a beauty that the common lined notebook paper cannot extinguish. There are a number of additional notes, largely in pencil from a later date, such as that mentioning the grounding of the Liberian tanker Torrey Canyon and showing the extent of the oil spill. Also one page of hand-colored signal flags, and throughout are neatly written notes on how to handle particular waters - a privately made coastal manual of sorts. The old note paper has soiling and waviness from use. The later recasing is pristine, with some clean extra leaves in the back. Item #46090

Price: $3,250.00

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