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.


1776 - The Caribbee Islands And Guayana Drawn By L. Delarochette

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Scarce map of the Eastern Caribbean and Northeastern Coast of South America, published by Thomas Jefferys. The map extending from the Virgin Islands to Margarita and Trinidad Islands to Cayenne and Lake Parima, including a nice treatment of the...


1775 - The Island of Jamaica and Cape Gracias a Dios with the Banks

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Detailed map of the Island of Jamaica and the Mosquito Coast, with the islands and shoals between, from Jefferys West India Atlas.


1794 - The Virgin Islands from English and Danish Surveys, By Thomas Jefferys Geographer to the King . . . 1794

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Fine full color example of Thomas Jefferys' highly sought after map of the Virgin Islands, from The West-India Atlas. Jefferys map is one of the earliest separately issued maps of the Virgin Islands and the earliest obtainable large format map to...


1794 - Plan of the Road and Town of La Guayra on the Coast of Caraccas, by and Officer in Admiral Knowles's Squadron

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Rare plan of the harbor and town of Guayra in Venezuela, published by Laurie & Whittle. The plan shows soundings, "the Landing Place" a Warehouse, Church, prison, walled fortifications, the watch house, and other details. The map was the site of...


1735 - [New and Exact Plan of the City’s of London and Westminster and the Borough of Southwark And the Additional New Buildings Churches &c to the present Year 1735.] (Western sheet]

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Detailed map of the western half of London, published by Thomas Jefferys in 1735. The map is the western half of Jefferys New and Exact Plan of the City’s of London and Westminster and the Borough of Southwark And the Additional New Buildings...


1770 - A View of Amsterdam

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Attractive and painterly engraved view of Amsterdam. A key identifies 44 landmarks. A number of sailing craft and other boats, tradesman and gentry in the foreground. A nice example of this fine view.


1760 - Italy (including Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily)

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Detailed map of Italy, Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia, and the Gulf of Venice, showing the many kingdoms which then comprised the country. Shows, towns, mountains, rivers, lakes, islands, etc. A charming mid 18th Century English map with decorative...


1794 - A New Map of the Island and Kingdom of Corsica By Thomas Jefferys, Geographer to the King.

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Fine Large Map of Corsica from the late 18th Century Detailed large format map of Corsica. Includes highly detailed topographical details, including mountains, roads, rivers, bays, and other details. Text note in the lower right corner. Laurie &...


1752 - East Indies

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Excellent map of the region bounded by China in the northeast, the Timors and New Guinea in the Southeast, India, and the Maldives in the Southwest and Tibet and the Moguls Empire in the Northwest. Full of mid 18th Century regional names, and...


1778 - The Straits of Sincapore with those of Durion, Sabon and Mandol.

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Extremely rare chart of Singapore and the surrounding region, compiled by Thomas Jefferys, and published by Sayer & Bennett in London in 1778. The map extends from Sumatra in the southwest to just north of Singapore in the north. Numerous islands...