UNUSUAL COUNTY MAPS by MICHAEL DRAYTON

Maps like no other adorned with nymphs and shepherds

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MICHAEL DRAYTON

1612 - 22 Strange maps of parts of England and Wales.

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List of Maps in the Poly-Olbion

First published in 1612

Cornwall & Devon
Dorset & Hampshire
Somerset & Wiltshire
Glamorgan & Monmouth
Pembrokeshire & Carmarthen
Cardigan/Montgomery/Radnorshire
Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Shropshire
Caernarvonshire & Merionethshire
Denbighshire & Flintshire
Cheshire
Staffordshire
Warwickshire
Gloucestershire & Worcestershire
Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire
Middlesex & Hertfordshire
Surrey & Sussex
The following maps come from the second part of the Poly-Olbion, published in 1622

Kent
Essex & Suffolk
Norfolk
Cambridgeshire
Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire
Northamptonshire
Rutlandshire
Lincolnshire
Derbsyhire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
Lancashire & Isle of Man
Yorkshire
Northumberland
Cumberland & Westmorland
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Poly-Olbion of a Chrographical description of Tracts, Rivers, Mountains, Forest and other Parts of this renowned Isle of Great Britain

Drayton was born at Hertshill, Atherstons, Warwickshire in 1563. An Elizabethan poet and friend of Shakespeare, but to mapmakers he is known for this series of strange and unusual maps of the counties of England and Wales. There are no county boundaries but the countryside is inhabited by shepherds, women and naked water nymphs.

The work was started in 1598 and in 1612 the first volume appeared illustrated by 18 maps. It was reissued in 1613 but it wwas another nine years that the second part was published with a further 12 maps.

The work was not hand coloured at the time so coloured maps you find will have been worked on in more recent times.

Drayton died in 1631 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.
Map of Cheshire by Michael Drayton
Map of Suffolk and Essex by Michael Drayton
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  •  Frontispiece to Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion

    Frontispiece to Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion

  •  Kent song from the Poly-Olbiion

    Kent song from the Poly-Olbiion

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  •  Kent by Michael Drayton

    Kent by Michael Drayton

  •  Cheshire by Michael Drayton

    Cheshire by Michael Drayton

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