Name: William FADEN
Copper plate engraved maps and sea charts
William Faden took over and continued an already established and thriving map business in around 1771 after the death of the owner, Thomas Jefferys. Initially, and to continue riding the firm's reputation, he sensibly worked under the title, Faden and Jefferys.
Sharing an interest with his predecessor in mapping North America, Faden produced a surprisingly varied and unusual collection of large-scale maps of specifically requested parts of America. These were compiled in the 1777 North American Atlas, the quality of which was second to none in that decade. Such was the quality, detail and rapidly developing reputation of William Faden, that by the end of the 18th century, he had an enviable collection of volumes to his name. To cap this achivement, Faden was also chosen to create and print the first of the Ordnance survey maps - a four-sheet map of Kent, published in 1801
As he had taken on Jeffery's business at the beginning of his career, Faden handed over the reins to the new big London star of map-making, James Wyld. Below are listed the notable maps and collections of William Faden:
1775 World Map
1777 North American Atlas
1777 The British Colonies in North America + many re-issues until 1820, and then even more by James Wyld until around 1840.
1778 General Atlas [large folio]
1781 The Roads of Great Britain + regular re-issues to c.1833
1785 The United States of North America
1797 General Atlas Various re-issues containing collections of different maps
1798 Atlases Minimus Universalis