Lot 38
  • 38

Serres, John Thomas and R. Bougard

2,500 - 3,500 GBP
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  • The Little Sea Torch: or, True Guide for Coasting Pilots: by which they are clearly instructed how to navigate along the coasts of England, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Sicily ... the coast of Barbary, from Cape Bon to Cape de Verd ... Together with plans of the principal harbours ... Translated from the French of Le Sieur Bougard, with corrections and additions, by J.T. Serres. London: T. Rickaby for the author and others, 1801
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FIRST ENGLISH EDITION, folio (438 x 270mm.), 20 hand-coloured aquatint plates each showing two or more coastal views and 24 hand-coloured detailed plans on 12 sheets, engraved by John Luffman, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, later endpapers, occasional light spotting, neatly rebacked to style, slight wear to extremities


Abbey, Life 344; NMM 3, 218; Phillips Atlases 2852; Pastoureau (1984) Bougard N. pp. 79–80

Catalogue Note

FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF THIS VERY ATTRACTIVE COASTING PILOT, translated by Serres from René Bougard's Le Petit flambeau de la mer (1810). Thomas Serres (well known for his coloured views of Liverpool) was marine painter and draftsman to the Admiralty, and exhibited at the Royal Academy on several occasions. He died bankrupt in 1825. "The views are very reminiscent of Des Barres and the plans etc. are coloured in much the same way as Bellin's Petit atlas maritime" (Wardington Catalogue).