Dobree's rare chart of Guernsey
By DOBREE, Nicholas , 1794

A New Chart of the Island of Guernsey with those of Sark, Herm and Jethou; shewing all the Rocks, Shoals, and other Dangers; the Channels, Soundings and Run of the Tides &c. Improved from the survey made by Capt. Dobree.

British Isles Islands
  • Author: DOBREE, Nicholas
  • Publication place: London
  • Publisher: Robert Laurie and James Whittle
  • Publication date: 12th May, 1794.
  • Physical description: Engraved chart, two laminated sheets, minor loss to upper right border.
  • Dimensions: 505 by 705mm (20 by 27.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 17499


One of the most detailed charts of Guernsey published in the eighteenth century.

This scarce chart of Guernsey, Sark and Herm,is printed from a new plate, copied from Dobree’s original of 1746. The title cartouche contains a small vignette prospect of Castle Cornet.

Nicolas Dobree (1678 – 1751)

On the island of Guernsey, there is a memorial to the Dobree family, including this eulogy “To the Memory of Monsieur Nicolas Dobrée Who filled with great Objects of Religion and sincere Piety, was a good Husband, a good Father, a good Master, faithful & generous Friends. This zealous Citizen gave his care to the safety of Navigation, to the Perfection of the Port, and to the Erection & Establishment of the Hospital of this City, of which he was until his death the main support. Abundant in Charity & contributing with all his power to the happiness of his Fatherland, he looked at Heaven as the one to which he should aspire; by adjoining, with a humble confidence of the Divine goodness a happy Imortality He died on the 18th of November 1751 Aged 73 Years”.