Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Jefferys & Faden Collection, 1773-1783

Finding aid created by
Erin Platte and Meg Hixon, February 2013

Summary Information
Title: Jefferys & Faden collection
Creator: Faden, William, 1749-1836
Inclusive dates: 1773-1783
Extent: 2 volumes
Abstract:
The Jefferys & Faden collection is made up of 2 bound volumes containing incoming letters to the firm and to William Faden. Most letters pertain to the acquisition, availability, and publication of maps.

Language: The material is in French
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1936. M-289 .

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Jefferys & Faden collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Thomas Jefferys (b. 1755) was the son of Thomas Jefferys (ca. 1719-1771), a cartographer, publisher, and geographer to King George III. He was apprenticed to his father and oversaw the family business after his father's death. From 1771-1776, he had a business partnership with William Faden.

William Faden was born in London in 1749, the son of William Faden, a printer. He was apprenticed to engraver James Wigley and joined the younger Thomas Jefferys in a business partnership in the early 1770s. In 1783, he inherited his father's business and became geographer to King George III. Faden retired in 1823 and died in Shepperton, England, on March 21, 1836.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Jefferys & Faden collection is made up of 2 bound volumes containing 89 incoming letters to the firm and to William Faden. Most letters pertain to the acquisition, availability, and publication of maps.

The first volume has 62 incoming letters and invoices (August 26, 1773-October 13, 1783) to Jefferys & Faden and, after 1776, to William Faden. Map sellers, cartographers, and booksellers in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy wrote about map publication and availability. Correspondents included Italian engraver Giovanni Rizzi-Zannoni and French engraver and map dealer John Lattré, who often requested maps depicting areas of significance during the American Revolution. Invoices concern maps sent to the firm and to Faden. The volume also contains a loose, three-page advertisement in French for the geographical maps and other works of [Jean Baptiste Bourguignon] d'Anville.

The second volume has 8 letters to William Faden from George Lamers and 19 from W. [Famitte] (May 15, 1781-October 23, 1783). Famitte discussed maps that he sent to Faden and described his efforts to locate various maps. In his letter of May 5, 1783, Famitte affixed a newspaper advertisement in English for the publication of a hydrographical survey of the North Channel and St. George's Channel.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Cartographers.
    • Jefferys and Faden, London.
    • Map dealers.
    • Map industry and trade.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Maps.
    Contributors:
    • Jefferys and Faden, London.
    • Lamers, George.
    • Lattré, Jean.
    • Rizzi-Zannoni, Giovanni Antonio, 1736-1814.
    Genre Terms:
    • Advertisement.
    • Invoices.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Jefferys & Faden collection [series]:
    Volume   1  
    Letters to Jefferys & Faden and to William Faden,   August 26, 1773-October 13, 1783
    Volume   2  
    Letters from George Lamers and W. [Famitte] to William Faden,   May 15, 1781-October 23, 1783, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data

    The letters in the Jefferys & Faden collection are published in extenso in the following volume: Pedley, Mary, ed. The Map Trade in the Late Eighteenth Century: Letters to the London Map Sellers Jefferys & Faden. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2000.

    Related Materials

    The Map Division has many maps by the elder Thomas Jefferys and Jefferys & Faden.

    The following map by the elder Thomas Jefferys was acquired with the William Petty, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, 2nd Earl of Shelburne papers: Jefferys, Thomas. The Island of Hispaniola Called by the French St. Domingo: Subject to France & Spain from the Best Authorities. London: Thomas Jefferys, 1760.

    Bibliography

    Pedley, Mary, ed. The Map Trade in the Late Eighteenth Century: Letters to the London Map Sellers Jefferys & Faden. Oxford: Voltaire Foundation, 2000.

    Pedley, Mary. "Maps, War, and Commerce: Business Correspondence with the London Map Firm of Thomas Jefferys and William Faden." Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography 48 (1996): 161-173.

    Worms, Lawrence. "Faden, William (1749-1836)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition. Oxford University Press, 2009. DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/37406

    Worms, Lawrence. "Jefferys, Thomas (c. 1719-1771)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Online edition. Oxford University Press, 2008. DOI: 10.1093/ref:odnb/1469