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Nicholas Comberford portolan charts and map

Call Number: MS J7


This collection consists of portolan or nautical maps and charts created by the 17th century English Thames School chartmaker Nicholas Comberford. Includes a map of the Mediterranean dating from 1666 and two charts of the English Channel and North Atlantic, dating from 1641 and 1668.


  • Creation: 1641, 1666, 1668


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Nicholas Comberford

Nicholas Comberford was a member of the Thames School of chartmaking, based out of the sign of the Platt in the west end of the School House, Ratliffe, England, and was a member of the Drapers' Company. He claimed to have been born in Ireland. He completed his 8-year apprenticeship with John Daniel in 1620 and thereafter created maps of European locations and of at least the North Carolina coast in the New World, though he is not known to have visited North America. Comberford's apprentices included his son Thomas, Andrew Welch, and John Burston. Comberford died in 1673.


6 Linear Feet (3 items)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

John Howell, S.F; February 14, 1959; Maggs, 1969; Maggs, 1963.

Related Materials

Thomas Russell Smith papers and correspondence, MS 288, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Guide to the Nicholas Comberford Collection
Nicholas Comberford portolan charts and map
Finding aid prepared by mason, August 9, 1961; alh, February 17, 1969. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019.
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Nicholas Comberford portolan charts and map, MS J7, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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