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Robert Sayer

Robert Sayer


Robert Sayer (ca. 1724-1794) was a prominent London map publisher. Robert’s father was a lawyer, but his older brother married Mary Overton, the widow of prominent mapmaker Philip Overton and the proprietor of his shop after his death. Mary continued the business for roughly a year after her marriage and then, in early 1748, it passed to Robert. Robert became a freeman of the Stationers’ Company later that year; his first advertisement as an independent publisher was released in December.

Sayer benefited from Overton’s considerable stock, which included the plates of John Senex. In the 1750s, Sayer specialized in design books and topographical prints, as well as comic mezzotints. In 1753, he, along with John Roque, published a new edition of Thomas Read’s Small British Atlas, the first of several county atlases that Sayer would publish.

Sayer’s business continued to grow. In 1760 he moved further down Fleet Street to larger premises at 53 Fleet Street. In 1766, he acquired Thomas Jefferys’ stock when the latter went bankrupt. In 1774, he entered into a partnership with John Bennett, his former apprentice. The pair specialized in American atlases, based on the work of Jefferys. They also began publishing navigational charts in the 1780s and quickly became the largest supplier of British charts in the trade.

Bennett’s mental health declined, and the partnership ended in 1784. As Sayer aged, he relied on his employees Robert Laurie and James Whittle, who eventually succeeded him. He spent more and more time at his house in Richmond. In 1794, he died in Bath.



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1782 - The American Atlas, or a Geographical Description of the Whole Continent of America.

  • $24.99

The First National Atlas of the United States. The Exceptionally Rare 1783 Edition of Jeffery’s American Atlas. Thomas Jefferys' American Atlas was one of the four great atlases of the Colonies available during the Revolution - along with Faden's...


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1757 - A New Map, or Chart in Mercators Projection, of The Western or Atlantic Ocean with Part of Europe, Africa and America. 1757.

  • $21.99

Rare Map of the Atlantic at the Outset of the French & Indian War Extremely rare separately issued map of North America, The Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean, issued by William Herbert in London. The map is richly annotated with information both...


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1775 - A Chart of North and South America, including the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, with the nearest Coasts of Europe, Africa and Asia. (Northern Sheets)

  • $9.99

One of the Most Detailed and Important Map of the Americas made by a Scandalous Geographer This is a nice example of the northernmost sheets of 1775 edition of this important six sheet chart of North and South America, originally compiled by John...


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1776 - [Seychelles] A Chart of the Mahe and Amirantes Islands, with their Shoals by Monsr. le Vicomte Grenier 1776

  • $14.99

The First Commercially Published Map of the Amirantes and Seychelles First state of this rare early sea chart of the Seychelles, published by Robert Sayer in London. The chart covers the Mahe and Amirantes islands, also known as the Three Brothers...


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1780 - [Diego Garcia / Chagos Archipelago] Track of the Calcutta East Indiaman, over the Bassas de Chagas, in the Indian Ocean

  • $14.99

Rare separately published sea chart of the Chagos Archipelago, published in London by Sayer. Chagos Archipelago Portuguese explorers were the first Europeans to discover the archipelago. Portuguese navigator Pedro de Mascarenhas (1470 – 23 June...


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1755 - A general Map of the Middle British Colonies in America, viz. Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New-Jersey, New-York, Connecticut and Rhode-Island: of Aquanishuonigy the Country of the Confederated Indians. . . And of Part of New-France. . . By

  • $14.99

A nice example of the Sayer-Jefferys London issue of Lewis Evans' seminal map of the British Colonies in North America. Along with the maps of Henry Popple and John Mitchell, Lewis Evans' map is considered among the most important and influential...


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1775 - North America from the French of Mr. D'Anville Improved with the English Surveys made Since the Peace . . . June 1775

  • $14.99

The third state of Jefferys map of the British Colonies, based upon D'Anville's map. This third state was issued after the conclusion of the French and Indian War. The map shows the Colonies on the eve of the American Revolutionary War. A note in the...


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1775 - An Accurate Map of North America, Describing and Distinguishing The British and Spanish Dominions . . . According To The Definitive Treaty Concluded At Paris 10th Feby. 1763

  • $21.99

Striking 4-sheet map of North America on the eve of the American Revolution. The map is one of the best large format representations of the British Colonies, from a British perspective, on the eve of the Revolution. The claims of the Carolinas,...


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1776 - The Theatre of War in North America, with the Roads and a Table of the Distances [with] A Compendious Account of the British Colonies in North-America.

  • $14.99

Nice example of the rare first state of Sayer & Bennett's Broadside Map and Account of the War in North America, one of the first widely distributed news accounts of the American Revolution in Great Britain. Following a brief peace attempt between...


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1777 - A New and Correct Map of North America, with the West India Islands, Divided according to the last Treaty of Peace, Concluded at Paris, 10th Feby. 1763, wherein are particularly Distinguished, The Several Provinces and Colonies which Compose The British

  • $14.99

First "Pownall" edition of this influential wall map of North America, issued shortly after the commencement of the Revolutionary War in 1777, and including the revisions compiled by Governor George Pownall. Originally issued separately by Bowen &...


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1786 - A New Map of North America, with the West India Islands, Divided according to the Preliminary Articles of Peace, Signed at Versailles, 20 Jan. 1783, wherein are Distinguished The United States and the Several Provinces, Governments &c Which Compose the B

  • $21.99

Striking example of this monumental 4-sheet map of North America, issued shortly after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Originally issued separately by Bowen & Gibson in 1755, this map was periodically updated following the conclusion of...


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1796 - A New Map of North America, with the West India Islands, Divided according to the Preliminary Articles of Peace, Signed at Versailles, 20 Jan. 1783, wherein are Distinguished The United States and the Several Provinces, Governments &c Which Compose the B

  • $14.99

Striking example of this monumental 4-sheet map of North America, issued shortly after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Originally issued separately by Bowen & Gibson in 1755, this map was periodically updated following the conclusion of...


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1775 - The Seat of War, In New England by an American Volunteer, with the Marches of the Several Corps sent by the Colonies towards Boston, with the Attack on Bunkers Hill

  • $14.99

Important early broadside map and plan of the Battle of Bunker Hill and the area around Boston, published by Sayer & Bennett, in London in 1775. Sayer & Bennett's map of the Seat of War is one of the two earliest pictorial accounts of the...


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1776 - A General Map of the Northern British Colonies in America. Which comprehends the province of Quebec, the government of Newfoundland, Nova-Scotia, New-England and New-York. . . 1776

  • $14.99

A scarce "Holster Atlas" edition of Sayer and Bennett's highly important map of New England and eastern Canada at the start of the American Revolution. This edition of the map was prepared specifically for the American Military Pocket Atlas, an atlas...


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1776 - A Survey of Lake Champlain, including Lake George, Crown Point and St. John, Surveyed by Order of His Excellency, Major General Sr. Jeffery Amherst . . . 1762.

  • $14.99

An Important Revolutionary War Period map of Lake Champlain & Lake George, based upon William Brassier's survey of the region during the French & Indian War. Sayer & Bennett's map is the first separately published map to focus on Lake...


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1776 - Chart of the Entrance of Hudson's River, from Sandy Hook to New York, with the Banks, Depths of Water, sailing marks, &ca. . . . 1776

  • $9.99

First state of this rare sailing chart of the area around New York Harbor and Long Island, which was issued separately and in the first edition of Sayer & Bennett's North American Pilot. This finely detailed chart is centered on Staten Island,...