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Number: 2978
Continent: Africa
Region: Continent
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Year of Origin: 1772
Title: Africa, Divided Into Its Several Regions and laid down according to the most exact Observations
Language: English
Publish Origin: London
Height: 45.1
Width: 56.5
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Scale: 1 : 20,000,000
Color Type: No Color
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Cartographer: Robert Sayer
Publisher: Robert Sayer
Other Contributors: John Spilsbury
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Notes: [RUDERMAN]. Rare separately published map of Africa by Robert Sayer. While the map appears relatively unimposing, this was in fact the map utilized by the successors to John Spilsbury (1739-1769) for the earliest jigsaw puzzle map of Africa. Spilsbury produced a World map puzzle and puzzles of the four continents together with puzzles of England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. The maps were designed as teaching aids for geography classes. As pupils put the pieces together, they would learn how different countries connected to one another. Upon Spilsbury's death in 1769 the business was continued by his widow Sarah May, who would later marry her husband's former apprentice Harry Ashby. Not soon after the marriage Ashby brought in the map and printseller's Woodman and Mutlow to run part of the business. The present map is the original uncut map sheet. makers of the puzzle, Woodman and Mutlow, placed their label over Robert Sayer's name, before dissecting the map.
Last updated: Sep 27, 2016