London: Robert Sayer, 1799. unbound. Map. Copper plate engraving with original hand outline. Image measures 18.75" x 25.75" very good.
This map of Poland depicts the kingdom in the wake of the First Partition of Poland, which divided the region among Poland, Prussia, Habsburg Austria, and Russia. Holdings are illustrated in accordance with a colored key below the title, which also gives population information about the provinces and the original kingdom before its division. The map is labeled with cities and rivers, and dotted lines divide provinces into their constituent regions. Mountains, vegetation, and marshes are depicted pictorially. The map was published in Sayer's "General Atlas." It is in very good condition with little edge wear. Minor offsetting throughout. Robert Sayer (1725-1794) was an important English publisher of maps, portraits, and nautical engravings. Partnering with John Bennett around the 1760s, the two published the works of well-known cartographers such as Kitchen, Jefferys, Belling, d'Anville and others. Thomas Kitchin (1719-1784) was an English engraver and map-maker. His maps and atlases of England earned him the position of hydrographer to the King. This large map of Poland is an impressive example of his work.