1792 Sayer Pocket Map of London, England
Description: A scarce Robert Sayer plan or map of London, England presented here in its 1792 first edition. The map covers from Pentonville to Stepney Church and from Walworth to the Serpentine (Hyde Park). The City of London is highlighted in red outline. Sayer's map shows all major roads and parks ad well as Thames River crossings throughout. A table at the base of the map identifies important sites by letter. All major streets, parks, squares, and buildings are noted. Sayer first produced this map in 1792, which is the offered edition. Afterwards it was updated and republished by Laurie and Whittle in 1796 and 1798 editions. The latter two editions popup from time to time, the first edition is extremely scarce - likely suggestive a very small run near the end of Sayer's mapmaker career. He died two years later in 1794.
Date: 1792 (dated)
References: Howgego, James L., Printed Maps of London circa 1553-1850, 199.1.
Cartographer: Robert Sayer (1725 - 1794) and John Bennett (fl. 1770-1784) were an important English map and print publishing duo of the mid to late 18th century. In 1747 Sayer acquired the firm of Philip Overton from his sister-in-law, Mary Overton. From his London office on 55 Fleet St., Sayer began republishing the Overton map stock while acquiring and expanding the business with plates from other printers - including maps, portraits, and nautical engravings. Sayer partnered with Bennett sometime in the late 1760s. They published numerous works by various cartographers including Kitchen, Jefferys, Belling, d'Anville, among others. Upon Sayer's death, after nearly 50 years in the map trade, the firm was acquired by Laurie and Whittle, who would continue to republish revised and updated editions of his work for many years to come. Click here for a list of rare maps from Robert Sayer and John Bennett.
Size: Printed area measures 22.5 x 14.5 inches (57.15 x 36.83 centimeters)
Scale: 1 : 15840
Condition: Very good. Minor discoloration, upper right quadrant. Dissected and mounted on linen in 16 sections. Folds into original slipcase.
Code: London-sayer-1792 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)
Tags: City Plan , Tourist Map , Sayer