Striking and highly detailed sea chart of the North Sea from the Straits of Dover to the Shetlands and North Bergen in Norway, and east through the Kattegat to Copenhagen.
Highly detaled sea chart, with extensive tables and annotations. Shows soundings, banks, shoals, towns, islands, harbors, bays and other sailing details. The chart is in a modern Portolan style with the details of the map confined primarily to the coastal features.
William Faden (1749-1836) was a prominent London mapmaker and publisher. He worked in close partnership with the prolific Thomas Jeffreys from 1773 to 1776. In 1783, Faden assumed ownership of the Jeffreys firm and was named Geographer to the King in the same year. Faden specialized in depictions of North America and also commanded a large stock of British county maps, which made him attractive as a partner to the Ordnance Survey; he published the first Ordnance map in 1801. The Admiralty also admired his work and acquired some of his plates which were re-issued as official naval charts. After retiring in 1823 the lucrative business passed to James Wyld, a former apprentice.