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  BRITISH ISLES 
 English Counties 

SAXTON, Christopher. [The first printed map of Westmorland and Cumberland]
Westmorlandiae et Cumberlandiae Comit. nova vera et Elaborata descriptio. Anº Dni 1576. London, 1576-c.1579. Original colour lightly refreshed. 395 x 450mm. A few nicks in the margins.
The first published state of Saxton's map of both Cumberland and Westmorland, engraved in 1576 by Augustine Ryther for Saxton's county atlas of 1579. Top right are the arms of Queen Elizabeth, with the arms of Thomas Seckford (1515 -87, who commissioned Saxton's survey) underneath, balanced with the strapwork title cartouche and a pair of compasses on the scale on the left. On the map towns, rivers and hills are marked, but it was not until nearly a century later that roads were routinely shown on county maps. Saxton's copperplates had a long career: after being eclipsed by John Speed's atlas of 1611, the plates were re-engraved and re-issued in 1642 by William Web; most of the other plates were still being printed as late as 1770.
[Ref: 17807]    £3,200.00 ($4,240 • €3,603 rates)


BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [A 16th century plan of Norwich]
Nordovicum, Angliae Civitas. Cologne, 1581-. Old colour. 325 x 440mm.
The earliest printed map of Norwich, a 'map-view' with the major buildings, in this case the colleges, shown in profile, with no consideration for perspective. Published in the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans. KOEMAN: B&H 2.
[Ref: 16817]    £700.00 ($928 • €788 rates)


BRAUN, Georg & HOGENBERG, Frans. [Early bird's eye view of Canterbury]
Cantuarbury. Cantuaria urbs Angliae celebris; Archiepiscopati sede commendata. Cologne, 1588-, German text edition. Fine original colour. 290 x 430mm. A couple of repaired tears at the bottom left and bottom margin, glue residue on verso of centerfold, overall a good example.
A fine 'map-view' of Canterbury with the major buildings shown in profile, with no consideration for perspective. Published in Volume IV of the 'Civitates Orbis Terrarum', the first series of printed town plans. KOEMAN: B&H 4.
[Ref: 17298]    £950.00 ($1,259 • €1,070 rates)


SPEED, John. [First Edition of Speed's map of the north & East Ridings of Yorkshire]
The North and East Ridins of Yorkshire. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1611. Coloured. 395 x 520mm. Cracks in margins repaired.
One of the most famous maps of the two ridings, engraved by Jodocus Hondius in 1610 and published in the first edition of John Speed's 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain', 1611-12. The two inset town plans are Richmond and York, and decorations include a strapwork title cartouche, a scale cartouche featuring cherubs with a pair of compasses, the Royal Crest, the arms of twenty nobles and sea monsters and galleons. The English text on the reverse gives a brief history and a gazetteer.
[Ref: 17949]    £1,250.00 ($1,656 • €1,408 rates)


DRAYTON, Michael. [Map of Middlesex and Hertfordshire from Drayton's fantastical 'Poly-Olbion']
[Midle Sex; Hartford Shyre.] London, 1612. 255 x 335mm.
A very decorative map of Middlesex and Hertfordshire, ignoring political boundaries and instead focusing on natural features, with hills and rivers populated by allegorical figures. Only major towns are marked, including Hartford, St Albans, Brent, Enfield, Highgate, Hampstead and the River Colne. 'Watling Street, The first great way of England' is also marked. 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: 14043]    £600.00 ($795 • €676 rates)


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 ($994 • €845 rates)


DRAYTON, Michael. [Map of Herefordshire, with parts of Gloucestershire & Worcestershire from Drayton's fantastical 'Poly-Olbion']
[Hereford Shyre; Parte of Glocester Shyre; Parte of Worcester Shyre.] London, 1612. 260 x 340mm.
A very decorative map of the upper Severn River, ignoring political boundaries and instead focusing on natural features, with hills and rivers populated by allegorical figures, with a shepherd on the Malvern Hills, a huntress for the Forest of Dean and a nymph for the Severn. Only major towns are marked, for example Hereford. 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: 14045]    £400.00 ($530 • €450 rates)


DRAYTON, Michael. [Map of Cheshire from Drayton's fantastical 'Poly-Olbion']
[Ches Shyre.] London, 1612. 255 x 330mm.
A very decorative map of Cheshire, ignoring political boundaries and instead focusing on natural features, with hills and rivers populated by allegorical figures. Only major towns are marked including Chester, Nantwich and Nantwich. Part of the Wirrall and the River Mersey are also shown. 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: 14046]    £400.00 ($530 • €450 rates)


DRAYTON, Michael. [Map of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire from Drayton's fantastical 'Poly-Olbion']
[Oxford Shyre; Bvckingham Shyre; Barck Shyre.] London, 1612. 255 x 330mm.
A very decorative map of Oxfordshire; Buckinghamshire and Berkshire, ignoring political boundaries and instead focusing on natural features, with hills and rivers populated by allegorical figures. Only major towns are marked. The Chilterns; The Vale of White Horse; Windrush; Oxford and Thame are all shown. 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: 14048]    £480.00 ($636 • €540 rates)


SPEED, John. [The First Edition of Speed's map of Lincolnshire]
The Countie and Citie of Lyncolne Described with the Armes of Them That Have Bene Earles Thereof since the Conquest. London: Sudbury & Humble, 1612. Coloured. 385 x 505mm. Very fine impression, printed on heavy paper.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with a town plan of Lincoln, a strapwork title cartouche with a royal crest and a compass rose, a scale cartouche with compass and putti, armorials and a stylised battle. Published in the first edition of Speed's county atlas, the 'Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain' it has an English text history of the county on the reverse.
[Ref: 15702]    £1,200.00 ($1,590 • €1,351 rates)


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