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 isles of Malta, Corsica, Sardinia, and others in the straits; and of the coast of Barbary, from Cape Bon to Cape de Verd. Enriched with upwards of one hundred appearances of headlands and lighthouses. Together with plans of the principal harbors. Also a table of soundings, and various explanatory remarks. ... Translated from the French of Le Sieur Bougard, with corrections and additions, by J. T. Serres ... London: Published for the author, by J. Debett, Piccadilly; and also by Messrs, G. and W. Nicol, Booksellers to his Majesty ... 1801. Printed by T. Rochaby, Peterborough-Court, Fleet-Street
First English edition illustrated coasting pilot guide, based on Bougard's "Le petit flambeau de la mer", first published in 1684, and was translated by John Thomas Serres, Marine Painter to the King, who added his magnificent views of headlands, ports, lighthouses, landmarks, topography, coastal scenes, ships, rowing boats and harbor entrances. 144 pages of text, 137 hand-colored aquatint plates of land profiles by J. Stadler after J.T. Serres on 20 sheets, 24 hand colored engraved maps on 12 sheets by John Luffman, dedication,list of subscribers, table of soundings and index. Bound in half leather hard cover blue paper with title "The little torch 1801" in gilt on spine. "Appearances" from drawings by J.T. Serres, engraved by J. Stadler: p. 131-134, 20 plates. Pilot guide: Atlantic Coast Europe and Mediterranean Sea.
References: Cf. Phillips, A list of geographical atlases in the Library of Congress. vol. I, 1909, no. 2852.