Custos’ Map of the British Isles


Angliae Scotiae et Hiberniae Sive Britannicarum Insularum

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Copper engraving, 27 x 31.4 cm, black and white, a couple of short additional creases to the right of the centrefold, light toning, blank verso. This is a map of the British Isles on an east-west alignment, published by Erasmus Kempfer in Lundorp’s ‘Laurea Austraica’, a topical work covering events of the ongoing Thirty Years’ War.

Custos was born into a family of engravers, son of Dominicus Custos who relocated from Antwerp to Augsburg; his sons continued the business. Custos largely uses Ortelius’ British Isles map as a model, but revisions to the coastline of Ireland and some additional placenames suggest that he had also consulted other sources. Shirley, British Isles 1477-1650, 396


Custos’ Map of the British Isles




KEMPFER, Erasmus

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black and white

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27 x 31.4 cm