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THE KING'S SURVEY OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS 1680

In 1679 King Charles II ordered a survey of the Channel Islands and their defences, harbours and forts.

 George Legge, later Earl of Dartmouth, and his fellow engineer Sir Bernard de Gomme set off from Portsmouth, taking with them the artist, cartographer and military engineer Thomas Phillips.

The lavishly illustrated work they created for the King is without a doubt the most beautiful book about the Channel Islands ever produced,  part report and part pictorial atlas it contains forty fold out watercolours of the Channel Islands executed by Phillips as he sailed between the islands.

Published as a limited edition of just 275 copies in a full sized facsimile measuring some 21x15" with foldouts from twice page size to an impressive 51" the King's Survey won the Limited Edition and Fine Binding Award at the British Book Design and Production Awards in 2011.

There are four separate versions of the book, each bound in a quarter leather binding and featuring a different hand marbled paper designed for the edition.

The Pilots Edition [illustrated on this page] costs £1250.

The Guernsey, Jersey and Fortress versions all come with sets of half sized prints in a sleeve in the back of the book and cost £1500.

Full details are on our brochure which you can download by clicking here Download file and you can see the different sets of prints by clicking on the links below.

THE GUERNSEY EDITION

THE JERSEY EDITION

THE FORTRESS EDITION