Carrington Bowles

Carrington Bowles

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.


1794 - Bowes New One Sheet Map of America, Divided Into Its Kingdoms, States, Governm.ts and Other Subdivisions . . . Bowles & Carver . . .

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Finely detailed map of America on the eve of the 19th Century and the radical transformation that would see the European powers expelled from both North and South America. The table in the bottom left corner showing the various British, French,...


1796 - Bowles's New One-Sheet Map of the Independent States of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pensylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut & Rhode Island. &c. Comprehending also the Habitation & Hunting Countries of the Confederate Indians; by Lewis Evans.

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Rare Map of the Mid-Atlantic Issued Shortly After The 1783 Treaty of Peace. A nice example of the Bowles & Carver post-Revolutionary War edition of Lewis Evans' seminal map of the British Colonies in North America, including early references to...


1771 - 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, Divided into Counties and Townships . . . 1771

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Nice example Carrington Bowles' scarce map of New England, based upon Braddock Mead's 4-sheet map of 1755. The map is one of the earliest maps to include the names of the townships within New England, a number of which are not yet named. Other...


1798 - Bowles's New One-Sheet Map of the West Indies, Laid Down from the Observations of Celebrated Geographers . . .

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Large detailed map of Florida and the Caribbean, published by Bowles & Carver. The map extends from Florida, the Yucatan and Central America to the Windward and Leeward Islands. Centered on Cuba and the Bahamas. The map references the "Supposed...


1797 - Bowles's Reduced New Pocket Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, with the Borough of Southwark, exhibiting New Buildings to 1797

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Highly detailed folding map of London in original slip case. The map is exceptionally detailed, including all of the buildings constructed up to 1797. Bowles regularly updated this map, making it one of the most up to date maps of London published...


1775 - The London Guide or Packet Plan of the Cities of London & Westminster, & Borough of Southwark, with the New Buildings, & c. to the Present Year 1775.

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Unrecorded? 1775 Edition of This Map of London. Antique engraved map of in the late-18th century, published by Carrington Bowles in 1775. The map includes great detail of streets and built-up sections of the city; most streets and squares are named....


1767 - To the Most Noble Thomas Holles Pelham Duke of Newcastle . . . This Map of the County of Middlesex is Dedicated by his Grace's most humble Servant . . .

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Fine large format map of the County of Middlesex, with London in the lower right corner. Includes 92 small coats of arms of the Free Companies in the county, and two larger decorative cartouches. A large and decorative 18th century map of Middlesex...


1795 - Bowles's New One-Sheet Map of the East Part of the Russian Empire In Asia . . .

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Highly detailed map of the Russian Empire in Asia, from a scarce atlas by Bowles & Carver.


1795 - Bowles's New One-Sheet Map of the Coromandel Coast

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Beautiful set of maps featuring the Coromandel Coast of southeast India from Narsapur south to Nagapattinam. Important cities, rivers, mountains and lakes noted.