This plate describes the subject of Navigation and is from ‘The ‘Gentlemans Recreation’ which contains an enormous store of information and is compiled in two parts, of which the former treats of geography and navigation, while the latter deals with field sports and agriculture’ (Schwerdt). Richard Blome (1635-1705) was the son of Jacob Bloome, a member of the Stationers’ Company. Although his family name is written in contemporary documents as Bloome, he himself used Blome. He was made free of the Stationers’ Company in August 1660 at the time of the Restoration of Charles II. According to Skelton, he began as a ruler of paper and a heraldic painter, both features which are seen in his later works. His earliest known work is a geographical treatise published in 1663. Schwerdt I, p.72; Wing B – 3213.