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  BRITISH ISLES 
 English Counties 

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 ($606 • €532 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Worcestershire]
Worcestershire described... London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 380 x 510mm.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with an inset town plan of Worcester, armorials, and a vignette battle scene. On verso is a Latin text history of the county. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11630]    £1,100.00 ($1,388 • €1,219 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Huntingdonshire]
Huntingdon both Shire and Shire Towne with the Ancient Citie Ely Described London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 380 x 510mm. An early impression with good margins.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with an inset plan of Ely. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11637]    £600.00 ($757 • €665 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Devon]
Devonshire with Excester Described And the Armes of such Nobles as have borne the titles of them. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 385 x 520mm. A good, early impression.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with inset plan of Exeter, royal crest and armorials. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11640]    £1,600.00 ($2,019 • €1,773 rates)


SPEED, John. [Westmoreland]
The Countie Westmorland and Kendale the Cheif Towne Described With the Armes of such Nobles as have bene Earles of either of them. London, Sudbury & Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 390 x 510mm. Excellent impression.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with an inset plan of Kendal, armorials and strapwork cartouches for the title and scale. This example comes from the only non-English edition of Speed's Theatre, produced for the Continental market. Its lack of success makes it comparatively scarce: it was only after 1918 that the British Museum obtained a complete Latin volume.
[Ref: 11708]    £800.00 ($1,010 • €886 rates)


BLAEU, Willem Janszoon. [Rare sea-chart of Yorkshire and Durham]
De Noord-Cust van Engelandt tusschen Flamburger Hooft en de Rivier van Nicasteel. Amsterdam, 1623. 260 x 360mm. Trimmed at lateral edges.
A rare chart from Blaeu's 'Zeespiegel', showing from Flamborough Head north to Newcastle and the Tyne river, orientated with north to the right. KOEMAN: M. Bl 28.
[Ref: 12165]    £950.00 ($1,199 • €1,053 rates)


SPEED, John. [Speed's map of Hertfordshire]
Hartford Shire Described. The Situations of Hartford, and the most ancient towne S. Albons with such memorable actions as have happened. London, George Humble, 1627. Coloured. 385 x 515mm. Small repairs to edges, shiny glue remains on reverse.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with town plans of Hertford and St. Albans, a strapwork title cartouche, a stylised battle and two cartographers in the lower corners. On verso is a English-text history of the county.
[Ref: 17950]    £875.00 ($1,104 • €970 rates)


SPEED, John. [An early edition of Speed's famous map of Middlesex]
Midlesex described with the Most Famous Cities of London and Westminster. Described by John Norden... London, George Humble, 1627. Coloured. 390 x 515mm.
An important map of Middlesex by John Speed, derived from the unpublished map by John Norden. engraved by Jodocus Hondius in 1610, the map has inset town plans of London and Westminster (also after Norden's surveys published 1593) and views of St Paul's and Westminster Cathedral. Norden was a contemporary of Saxton and was the first to plan a series of county histories; however he failed to attract sufficient backing for his enterprise and never completed it. His surveying was superior to Saxton's, and Speed preferred to use Norden as a source where possible. SKELTON: 18.
[Ref: 18906]    £1,850.00 ($2,335 • €2,050 rates)


SAXTON, Christopher. [The Web edition of Saxton's map of Herefordshire]
Frugiferi Ac Ameni Herefordiæ Comitatus Delineatio Anmp Dñi 1642. London: William Web, 1645. 380 x 500mm.
An example of William Web's rare re-issue of the Saxton map of Herefordshire, the first printed map of the county, engraved by Remy Hogenberg in 1577. Web has made only two significant changes: the date has been updated, and the arms of Elizabeth have been replaced by those of Charles I (with a unicorn instead of a Welsh dragon. SKELTON: 27.
[Ref: 11957]    £2,400.00 ($3,029 • €2,659 rates)


SAXTON, Christopher. [The Web edition of Saxton's map of Suffolk]
Suffolkiæ comitatus continens in se Oppida mercatoria: 25 Pagos et Villas 264 Una cum singulis Hundredis & fluminibus in eodam Vera description Anno Domini 1642. London: William Web, 1645. 335 x 480mm.
An example of William Web's rare re-issue of the Saxton map of Suffolk, the first printed map of the county, engraved in 1575. Web has made only two significant changes: the date has been updated, and the small armorial in the title cartouche is that of Charles I rather than Elizabeth I. SKELTON: 27.
[Ref: 11958]    £3,500.00 ($4,417 • €3,878 rates)


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