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Thomas Jefferys

Thomas Jefferys


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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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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1755 - A Summary, Historical and Political of the First Planting, Progressive Improvements, and Present State of the British Settlements in North-America.

  • $14.99

"The Best Collection of Facts in General, for a Future Historian, that Was Ever Made or Published" -- John Huskey, 1755 This is a fascinating and important Boston-published work from the late-Colonial period, a year into the French and Indian War....


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1755 - A Map Of The Most Inhabited Part Of New England Containing The Provinces Of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire. With the Colonies of Conecticut and Rhode Island . . . 1755

  • $14.99

Rare separately issued example of the first edition, second state of Bradock Mead's remarkable large format map of New England & Long Island, the most important general map of the region issued during the French & Indian War. Bradock Mead's...


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1755 - A New Map of Nova Scotia and Cape Britain, with the adjacent parts of New England and Canada, Composed from a great number of actual Surveys . . .

  • $9.99

First state of Jeffery's map of New England and Nova Scotia, published by Thomas Jefferys in London. A finely executed map, extending south to Massachusetts and west to Montreal and Lake Champlain. The map incorporates information from other...


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1774 - A Map Of The Most Inhabited Part Of New England Containing The Provinces Of Massachusets Bay and New Hampshire. With the Colonies of Conecticut and Rhode Island . . . 1774

  • $21.99

The Most Important Map of New England At The Time of the American Revolution Nice example of Bradock Mead's remarkable large format map of New England & Long Island, the most important general map of the region at the commencement of the...


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1775 - A New Map of Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island with the adjacent parts of New England and Canada, Compiled from a great number of actual Surveys; and other materials Regulated by many new Astronomical Observations of the Longitude as well as Latitude; .

  • $14.99

Highly detailed map of Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island and contiguous regions, published in London by Thomas Jefferys in his landmark work, The American Atlas. Jefferys American Atlas, first published in 1775, would become the definitive reference...


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1775 - The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana . . . [with] The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida or Channel of Bahama with the Bahama Islands . . .

  • $14.99

18th Century Florida & Gulf Coast Sea Chart Nice example of the Laurie & Whittle significantly revised and updated edition of Thomas Jefferys' 2-sheet map of Florida and the Gulf Coast, from Jeffreys' West India Atlas. This edition of the map...


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1775 - The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana . . . [with] The Peninsula and Gulf of Florida or Channel of Bahama with the Bahama Islands . . .

  • $29.99

Florida and the Gulf Coast at the outset of the American Revolution Nice example of this important early 2-sheet map of Florida and the Gulf Coast, from Jeffreys' West India Atlas. Jeffery's map is the earliest obtainable large format map to treat...


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1792 - The Coast of West Florida and Louisiana . . . 1792

  • $14.99

Striking full color example of scarce 1792 edition of Thomas Jefferys' map of the Gulf Coast, from Jeffreys' West India Atlas. Jeffery's map is one of the earliest obtainable large format map to treat the Gulf Coast region with such remarkable detail,...


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1794 - The Western Coast of Louisiana and The Coast of New Leon (First modern map of the Texas Coast)

  • $14.99

The First Map of the Texas Coastline Second state of this highly sought after map of Texas, which includes the Robert Sayer imprint. This is the first map to focus on the Texas coastline. and the only 18th century map of the Texas coast. An...


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1756 - A Map of Hudsons Bay and Straits

  • $14.99

Interesting early map of Hudson Bay and vicinity, engraved by Jefferys. The map illustrates the English expeditions in search of the fabled Northwest Passage. Notes the discoveries in the vicinity of Repulse Bay and Wager River by Capt. Middleton in...


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1750 - A Plan of the Harbour of Chebucto and Town of Halifax.

  • $9.99

Popular engraved map of Halifax featuring a remarkable depiction of a porcupine in the lower right of the image. This map, which was published in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1750, has long been sought after by collectors for its curious natural...


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1759 - An Authentic Plan of the River St. Laurence from Sillery, to the Falls of Montmorenci, witth the Operations of the Siege of Quebec under the Command of Vice-Adml. Saunders & Major Genl. Wolfe down to the 5 Sepr. 1759 Drawn by a Captain in his Majesties Ar

  • $14.99

Battle Plan of the Siege of Quebec Striking example of the first State of Jefferys' map of the siege of Quebec of 1759, widely considered to be the most important single printed military map in Canadian history. Drawn by an officer of the Royal Navy,...


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1775 - [Volcanos] The Bay of Honduras. By Thos. Jefferys Geographer to His Majesty

  • $14.99

With Volcanos in El Salvador and Guatemala shown Nice example of Thomas Jefferys chart of the coastline from Salamanca de Bacalar to Brewer's Lagoon and the Moskito Coast, centered on the Gulf of Honduras and the Rio Balize. Extends to the Port of...


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1768 - Jamaica

  • $9.99

One of the Rarest Jamaican Maps of the 18th Century Rare map of Jamaica, which appeared in Thomas Jefferys', A general topography of North America and the West Indies. Being a collection of all the maps, charts, plans, and particular surveys, that...