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 English Counties 

DRAYTON, Michael. [Map of Surrey and Sussex from Drayton's fantastical 'Poly-Olbion']
[Svrrey; London; Svssex.] London, 1612. 255 x 330mm.
A very decorative map of Surrey and Sussex, ignoring political boundaries and instead focusing on natural features, with hills and rivers populated by allegorical figures. Major towns are marked. London; Westminster; Hampton Court; Richmond; Arundel; Chichester; Hastings and part of the Weald are shown as well as the Rivers Thames, Arun, Rother and Mole. Michael Drayton (1563-1631), a prominent poet, is believed to have started work on his 'Poly-Olbion' in 1598. This epic topographical poem, divided into thirty songs written in alexandrine couplets, ran to nearly 15,000 lines of verse. Each song described one, two or three counties, describing their topography, traditions and histories. The First Part was published in 1612, with eighteen maps probably engraved by William Hole (who signed the frontispiece). Drayton had been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth's court, but was not so popular with James I. Perhaps to rectify this the 'Poly-Olbion' was dedicated to Henry, Prince of Wales, but Henry died in 1612, the year of publication. The work did not sell well, and it was not until 1622 that Drayton could find a publisher for the second part, which contained ten more maps. Drayton intended to compose a further part to cover Scotland, but no part of this work is known to have survived. Despite these setbacks Drayton was still prominent enough to be buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey when he died in 1631. It was only posthumously that the Poly-Olbion became a literary classic.
[Ref: 14044]    £750.00 ($953 • €852 rates)

SPEED, John. [An early edition of Speed's map of Cambridgeshire]
Cambridgshire described with the division of the hundreds, the townes situation with the Armes of the Colleges of that famous Universiti. London: Sudbury & Humble, 1614-16. Coloured. 380 x 520mm, on thick paper. Minor repair in bottom margin.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with two columns of college arms, a plan of the city of Cambridge and the figures of four scholars. This example was published in the second edition of John Speed's county atlas, the 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain', with an English-text history of the county on the reverse. The edition was planned for 1614 (the date on the titlepage of the English section), but the death of the printer William Hall delayed the publication until 1616.
[Ref: 17411]    £2,000.00 ($2,540 • €2,272 rates)

SPEED, John. [Speed's famous map of Surrey]
Surrey Described and Divided into Hundreds. London: William Humble, 1646. Coloured. 385 x 510mm. Unprinted top left corner border filled with mss.
One of the most decorative early maps of Surrey, engraved by Jodocus Hondius in 1610. Inset elevations of Richmond and Nonsuch Palaces, armorials, a compass rose and strapwork decorations add to its attractiveness. By the time this edition was published the copper printing plate had been damaged, with the top left corner broken off.
[Ref: 16592]    £1,400.00 ($1,778 • €1,590 rates)

MILLERD, James. [An extremely rare prospect of Bristol]
The Citty of Bristoll. Bristol: James Millerd, & London: John Overton & Thomas Wall, 1673. Two sheets conjoined, total 305 x 705mm. Repaired tear.
An elevated prospect of Bristol from the south, with Aston and Clifton on the left horizon, the Royal Fort in the centre and Horsfield & Ashley on the right. The title is on a banderole in the centre, with the arms of two Earls of Bristol underneath, with space for a third. In the top corners are the arms of Charles II and his Queen, Catherine of Braganza, with the arms of the City of Bristol and the Society of the Merchants of Bristol underneath. In the bottom corners are two verses in Latin, keys of Churches and other landmarks. Along the bottom is an advert for Millerd's four-sheet map of Bristol. Just above that is an oddity: a dedication to the major and aldermen of the city has had curtains engraved over the top, probably because Millerd did not receive the civic recognition he felt was his due. The example in the Bristol Museums Galleries has the same feature. Millerd's three works were first published between 1670 and 1677, the other two being maps of Bristol. He is also recorded as being a mercer and a 'Guardian of the Poor', appointed to administer the poor laws in the city. WORMS & BAYNTON-WILLIAMS: British Map Engravers, p. 450.
[Ref: 16868]    £3,500.00 ($4,445 • €3,976 rates)

OLIVER, John. [A scarce two-sheet map of Oxfordshire]
Oxfordshire Actualy Survey'd &c. Humbly Dedicated to the R.t Reverend Father in God George L.d Bishop of Bristol Dean of Christchurch & Lord Almoner to his Majesty. London: Philip Overton, 1715. Coloured. Two sheets conjoined, total 585 x 900mm. Some restoration.
A majestic map of Oxfordshire, orientated with north to the right, with a decorative title cartouche; a prospect of Oxford from the east;, a depiction of a Romaic mosaic at Stonesfield, featuring Bacchus riding a panther (since destroyed); and elevations of Blenheim Palace and Bridge, the Radcliffe Camera and 'The Publick Schools in Oxford'. This is one of three two-sheet maps engraved for the abortive 'Atlas Anglicanus', a large folio county atlas, to be created in partnership with John Seller and Richard Palmer. After the project collapsed Overton bought the plates for this map; Oliver's name only remains as engraver. John Oliver (1616?-1701), a builder, architect and glass-painter as well as being a surveyor, engraver and publisher, married one of John Speed's grand-daughters. He became official surveyor of the City of London in 1668, two years after the Great Fire; the resultant map was published by Seller c.1680. Oliver associated with Robert Hooke and makes several appearances in his diary, in which Hooke calls him variously a rascal, villain, dog and devil; however this did not stop the pair visiting Bartholomew Fair together to see a tiger. In 1686 he became Master Mason to James II. WORMS & BAYNTON-WILLIAMS: British Map Engravers, p.501-2.
[Ref: 14550]    £2,200.00 ($2,794 • €2,499 rates)

MILTON, Thomas. [Fine plan of the naval dockyard at Sheerness, Kent]
A Geometrical Plan, & West Elevation of His Majesty's Dock-Yard and Garrison, at Sheerness; with the Ordnance Wharf &c. London, 1755. 495 x 660mm.
A plan and prospect of the famous naval dockyard, finely engraved by P.C.Canot after Milton, both with a 24-point key. Around the whole is a rococo frame-like border containing vignette scenes of the works of the dockyard, drawn by John Clevely, a shipwright whose son James Clevely jnr is famous for his painting of the death of Captain Cook. Sheerness Naval Dockyard was founded by Samuel Pepys in 1663 to improve the defences on the eastern coast of England, at a time the Dutch were a threat. Indeed the Dutch admiral De Ruyter actually occupied the town of Sheerness briefly in 1667. Consequently the defences were constantly improved, including a remodel by John Rennie, opened in 1823.
[Ref: 8492]    £1,100.00 ($1,397 • €1,250 rates)

 London Maps 

BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [The first available printed map of London]
Londinum Feracissimi Angliae Regni Metropolis. Koln: c.1574. Coloured. 330 x 490mm.
The earliest town plan of London to survive, a 'map-view' with the major buildings shown in profile, and no consideration for perspective. It was published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans, inspired by the success of the 'Theatrum', the atlas compiled by Abraham Ortelius. This example is from the second state of the plate, issued two years after the first, with the spelling 'West Muster' and the addition of the Royal Exchange. The plan was engraved by Frans Hogenberg, copied from a 15-or-20-sheet printed map, probably commissioned by the merchants of the Hanseatic League, who had significant commercial interests in England. For over two centuries they had enjoyed tax and customs concessions in the trade of wool and finished cloth, allowing them to control that trade in Colchester and other cloth-making centres. Their base in the City was the Steelyard (derived from 'Stalhof'), named 'Stiliyards' by the side of the Thames on this map and described in the text panel lower right. They purchased the building in 1475; part of the deal was their obligation to maintain Bishopsgate, the gate through the city walls that led to their interests in East Anglia. The rump cities of the Hanseatic League sold the building in 1853 and it is now the site of Cannon Street Station. The map must have been drawn fifteen years or so before publication: in the centre is the Norman St. Paul's Cathedral, with the spire that was hit by lighting and destroyed in 1561 and not replaced before the Great Fire of London destroyed the building in 1666. HOWGEGO: 2 (2).
[Ref: 17284]    £7,500.00 ($9,525 • €8,520 rates)

HOMANN HEIRS. [A fine three-sheet map of Georgian London]
Urbium Londini et West-Monasterii nec non Suburbii Southwark accurata Ichnographia... 1736. Nuremberg, 1736. Original colour with additions. Three sheets conjoined, total 520 x 1720mm.
A large and very decorative town plan of London, showing from Grosvenor Square and Buckingham House in the west to Stepney Church in the east, Clerkenwell in the north and Southwark in the south. Many of the most important buildings are shown in profile, and, sixty years after the event, the extent of the losses of the Great Fire of London are still marked. A large title cartouche with the Royal arms of George II completes this very striking map. This map often appears just as a two-sheet map. The right sheet here, half of which is taken up with a view of St James's Square and elevations of St Paul's, the Royal Exchange and the Custom House, was only included in a deluxe edition. HOWGEGO: 81.
[Ref: 16076]    £3,500.00 ($4,445 • €3,976 rates)

TALLIS, John. [London during the Great Exhibition of 1851]
Tallis's Illustrated Plan of London and its Environs in Commemoration of the Great Exhibition if Industry of All Nations, 1851. London, John Tallis & Co., 1851. Original Colour. Dissected and laid on linen as issued, total 550 x 750mm.
A detailed map of London, extending to Hammersmith in the west, clockwise to Cricklewood, Hampstead, Stamford Hill, Leytonstone, Greenwich, Peckham, Battersea Rise and Parson's Green. Around the edges are 49 views of buildings including, of course, the 'Crystal Palace' of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. HYDE: 22.
[Ref: 16906]    £2,800.00 ($3,556 • €3,181 rates)

GILL, Leslie MacDonald. [A quad royal pictorial map of London's Underground]
In The Heat Of The Summer You Will Find Me Cool In The Cold Of The Winter Find Me Warm Come Down Underground You've Bought Your Ticket? Your Health Man I'm Thinking No Longer 'Twill Stick It For Cheapness Celerity What Else Can Compare You Are Fed Up Above Feed Below On Our Fare'. London: Underground Electric Railways Company of London, 1922. 1015 x 1270mm. Some wear.
A map of Central London showing the Underground stations, drawn by Leslie MacDonald Gill, in the style of his famous 'Wonderground' map of 1914, but with new details. It does not extend as far north or south, but instead has nine armorials (the eight principal London boroughs and a ninth for a rabbit, returning to the Alice theme) and a decorative scroll containing the title. Bottom right is his signature and a further text: 'Will the tired traveller wearisomely realise that this map is meticulously accurate (with exceptions), that it has been punctiliously delineated to the scale of six inches to the mile and that its merry quips are well meant even when unintelligible'. Leslie MacDonald Gill (1884-1947), younger brother of Eric Gill, specialised in graphic design in the Arts and Crafts style. His most important commission was from the Imperial War Graves Commission, designing the script used on Commission headstones and war memorials, including the 'Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme'. He produced a number of maps, two of which appeared in the British Museum exhibition 'Magnificent Maps in 2010: 'The Wonderground Map of London' (1914) & 'Tea Revives the World' (1940).
[Ref: 16850]    £4,500.00 ($5,715 • €5,112 rates)

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