A fine late 18th century map of Spain & Portugal, published by one of the most famous London printing houses of the era.

A New Map of the Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal with Their Principal Divisons…1790


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SKU: NL-01159 Category:
Cartographer(s): Robert Sayer
Date: June 1st 1790
Place: London
Dimensions: 72 x 54 cm (28.3 x 21.3 in)
Condition Rating: VG+


A detailed and well-executed map of the Iberian Peninsula, with original outline color. The map depicts Spain and Portugal in the midst of a complex historical period, just one year after the French Revolution has caused great social upheaval in Europe. Spain was ruled by the Bourbons and Portugal was undergoing a series of succession crises.

And, on top of all that, the Napoleonic Wars were just around the corner.


Robert Sayer

Robert Sayer (1725–1794) was a leading publisher and seller of prints, maps, and maritime charts in Georgian Britain. He was based near Fleet Street in London. This was a business he had taken over from his brother in 1748 after he had won it by marrying the widowed daughter-in-law of another famous London map seller, John Overton.

After taking on his servant John Bennett as an apprentice in 1765, and later partnering up with him, the firm of Sayer and Bennett became one of the most important map houses of late 18th century Britain. From then on, the Sayer & Bennett firm was particularly well-known for their maps and atlases focusing on the Americas during a time of great upheaval and change (i.e. the French and Indian War, and especially the American Revolution).

In the beginning, many of these publications would have an obvious British slant, but as things progressed, Sayer increasingly realized the potential in creating reliable maps of an independent North America. Consequently, Sayer & Bennett produced some of the most significant charts and atlases of the British colonial possessions in America and later of the early United States.

Condition Description

Some wear along the centerfold.