John Spilsbury (1739 – 1769) was a British cartographer, engraver, and bookseller. He is often credited as the inventor of the jigsaw puzzle. He apprenticed to Thomas Jefferys, the Royal Geographer to King George III. Spilsbury engraved maps for Andrew Dury and a number of charts for William Herbert. Spilsbury began producing dissected maps in 1766 as an educational tool to teach geography, pasting maps down to a board and then cutting them in pieces with a jigsaw.