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  BRITISH ISLES 
 English Counties 

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 ($560 • €453 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 ($560 • €453 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 ($672 • €544 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 ($2,800 • €2,266 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 ($1,540 • €1,246 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of 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, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 385 x 515mm. An early impression with good margins.
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 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: 11635]    £1,200.00 ($1,680 • €1,360 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Herefordshire]
Hereford-Shire described With the true plot of trhe Citie Hereford, as alsoe the Armes of thos Nobles that have bene intituled with that Dignity. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 385 x 515mm. An early impression with good margins.
Engraved by Jodocus Hondius, this is one of the most decorative maps of the county, with a town plan of Hereford, a strapwork title cartouche, a stylised battle and two cartographers in the lower corners. 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: 11636]    £700.00 ($980 • €793 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 ($840 • €680 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 ($2,240 • €1,813 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 ($1,120 • €906 rates)


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