Rare plan of the City and Harbor of Havana, first published by Sayer & Bennett.
Includes a detailed charting of the harbor, with soundings and anchorages, plan of the city and a number of other place names, including the New Hospital, Punta Fort, Morro Castle, Apostles Battery, Sheperds Battery, Naval Storehouse, Heights of Cavanas, Regla, New Powder Magazine, Old Power Magazine, Dock Yard, and Goncales Hills.
Sayer & Bennett refers to the partnership of Robert Sayer (ca. 1724-1794) and John Bennett (fl. 1760-d.1787), which lasted between 1774 and 1783. Bennett had been Sayer’s apprentice. The pair specialized in American atlases, based on the work of Thomas Jefferys, who plates had been acquired by Sayer when Jefferys went bankrupt in 1766. They also began publishing navigational charts in the 1780s and quickly became the largest supplier of British charts in the trade. However, in 1783 Bennett lost control of his mental faculties and the partnership dissolved as a result. Sayer’s business was later passed to his employees, Robert Laurie and James Whittle.