In 1669 John Seller, a producer of nautical instruments and a bookseller, publicly expressed his belief that Britain should produce its own " Waggoner - which would emancipate English mariners from the costly supplies of nautical documents purchased in Holland - and therefore declared his willingness to undertake the compilation of a pilot - book, accompanied by charts and nautical instructions for navigating the seas of the world. However, this was too ambitious a project that he could only partially fullfill, publishing in 1671 just the first volume of the English Pilot, for sailing along the Atlantic coast from Europe to Africa.
Immediately after him, and throughout the following century, other cartographers continued his work, enriching it and adding other volumes and charts, and almost completed global coverage. Seller, however, had drawn from previous Dutch works, of which he sometimes reused the original plates, dated even decades before, which he adapted to the English market with a few minor changes. The Pilot included nautical instructions and was therefore a compromise between a pilot book and a nautical atlas, following a pattern that persisted until the end of 1700.