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  BRITISH ISLES 
 English Counties 

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 ($500 • €472 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 ($600 • €566 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 ($1,500 • €1,416 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]    £1,800.00 ($2,250 • €2,124 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 ($750 • €708 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 ($1,375 • €1,298 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Bedfordshire]
Bedford Shire And the Situation of Bedford described with the armes of thos Honorable Familyes that have borne ye titles of Dukes and Earls thereof. London, John Sudbury & George Humble, 1616, Latin text edition. 385 x 505mm. 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 the city of Bedford, armorials and large cartouches for 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. CHUBB: xxiv; SKELTON 11.
[Ref: 11634]    £950.00 ($1,188 • €1,121 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 ($1,500 • €1,416 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 ($875 • €826 rates)


SPEED, John. [The rare Latin-text edition of Speed's map of Gloucestershire]
Glocestershire contrived into thirty thre severall hundreds & those againe into foure principall devisions. The Citie of Glocester & Bristowe discribed with the armes of such noble men as have bene dignified with ye titles of Earles & Dukes thereof. 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 inset plans of Bristol and Gloucester, a royal crest, 10 armorials and two stylised battles. 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: 11639]    £1,600.00 ($2,000 • €1,888 rates)


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