ANGLESEY, WIGHT VECTIS Olim, IARSAY, GARNESAY
Cartographer: Mercator, Gerard
Medium: Engraving, coloured
This composite map of Anglesey, the Isle of Wight, and the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey is by Gerard Mercator. It dates from 1595 and was published in Duisburg by Rumold Mercator, Gerard's son. Gerard Mercator was one of the greatest map makers ever known. He started his career as a professional instrument maker after finishing a masters degree at Louvain University and studying advanced mathematics. By the 1560’s he was developing a new form of navigational projection.