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Thomas Jefferys (ca. 1719-1771) was a prolific map publisher, engraver, and cartographer based in London. His father was a cutler, but Jefferys was apprenticed to Emanuel Bowen, a prominent mapmaker and engraver. He was made free of the Merchant Taylors’ Company in 1744, although two earlier maps bearing his name have been identified. 

Jefferys had several collaborators and partners throughout his career. His first atlas, The Small English Atlas, was published with Thomas Kitchin in 1748-9. Later, he worked with Robert Sayer on A General Topography of North America (1768); Sayer also published posthumous collections with Jefferys' contributions including The American Atlas, The North-American Pilot, and The West-India Atlas

Jefferys was the Geographer to Frederick Prince of Wales and, from 1760, to King George III. Thanks especially to opportunities offered by the Seven Years' War, he is best known today for his maps of North America, and for his central place in the map trade—he not only sold maps commercially, but also imported the latest materials and had ties to several government bodies for whom he produced materials.

Upon his death in 1771, his workshop passed to his partner, William Faden, and his son, Thomas Jr. However, Jefferys had gone bankrupt in 1766 and some of his plates were bought by Robert Sayer (see above). Sayer, who had partnered in the past with Philip Overton (d. 1751), specialized in (re)publishing maps. In 1770, he partnered with John Bennett and many Jefferys maps were republished by the duo.

Place/Date:
London / 1756
Size:
8.5 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
43552dp
Place/Date:
London / 1770
Size:
15 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
49089
Place/Date:
London / 1752
Size:
11.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
66785
Place/Date:
London / 1760 circa
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
42176
Place/Date:
London / 1768
Size:
25 x 12.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
46391
Place/Date:
London / 1776
Size:
28 x 23.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
50404
Place/Date:
London / 1775
Size:
25 x 18.5 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
32953
Place/Date:
London / 1754
Size:
11.5 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
68958

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Place/Date:
London / 1762
Size:
17.75 x 21.75 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
17310
Place/Date:
London / 1748
Size:
10.5 x 9.5 inches
Condition:
VG-
Stock#:
49938
Place/Date:
London / 1778
Size:
15 x 11 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
59893
Place/Date:
London / 1762
Size:
13 x 31 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
51358
Place/Date:
London / 1760 circa
Size:
8.5 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
43965
Place/Date:
London / 1780
Size:
16 x 12 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
5798
Place/Date:
London / 1755
Size:
8 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
13956
Place/Date:
London / 1755
Size:
8 x 6 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
22425
Place/Date:
London / 1776
Size:
32.5 x 25.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
39967
Place/Date:
London / 1747
Size:
15 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
42460
Place/Date:
London / 1747
Size:
15 x 8 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
47977
Place/Date:
London / 1770
Size:
15 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
1819
Place/Date:
London / 1770
Size:
15 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
48026
Place/Date:
London / 1754
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
11909
Place/Date:
London / 1764
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
14574
Place/Date:
London / 1764
Size:
9.5 x 7.5 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
7677
Place/Date:
London / 1764
Size:
9.25 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
17336
Place/Date:
London / 1750 circa
Size:
9.25 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG
Stock#:
26512
Place/Date:
London / 1754
Size:
9.25 x 7 inches
Condition:
VG+
Stock#:
42949