London: Sayer and Bennett, 1782. unbound. Map, in two sheets. Copper plate engraving with original outline hand color. Each image measures 24.5" x 41.75"
This two-part, large-scale wall map of Scotland depicts the country in intricate detail, with a particular focus on roads. has a particular focus on travel and post roads. Hand-colored lines divide and subdivide shires, mountains are depicted pictorially, and bodies of water such as lochs are all labeled. At the upper right is a large inset of the "Zetland or Shetland Islands." The upper left corner contains a decorative title cartouche, and a beautiful compass rose appears in the lower right. The map's lower left contains a key of "Distances of the Principal Stages on the Great Roads Leading from Edin [Edinburgh]." The map is in very good condition with little edge wear. Minor offsetting throughout. Robert Sayer (1725- 794) 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. This beautiful, large-scale map is an impressive example of his work.