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The maps of Michael Drayton found in the Poly-Olbion

RICHARD NICHOLSON of CHESTER

A WORLD OF ANTIQUE MAPS AND PRINTS

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THE CARTOGRAPHER

MICHAEL DRAYTON

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

Maps like no other adorned with nymphs and shepherds

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

The Man

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.

Poly-Olbion of a Chrographical description of Tracts, Rivers, Mountains, Forest and other Parts of this renowned Isle of Great Britain

Map of Cheshire by Michael Drayton
Map of Suffolk and Essex by Michael Drayton

Titlepage and Pages

  •  Michael Drayton's dedication in the Poly-Olbion to Prince Hnery Frederick, Prince of Wales

    Michael Drayton's dedication in the Poly-Olbion to Prince Hnery Frederick, Prince of Wales

  •  Engraving of Henry Prince of Wales in Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion, 1612

    Engraving of Henry Prince of Wales in Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion, 1612

  •  Kent song from Michael Drayton's  Poly-Olbiion 1612

    Kent song from Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbiion 1612

Gallery

  •  Map iof Denbighshire and Flintshire by Michael Drayton

    Map iof Denbighshire and Flintshire by Michael Drayton

  •  Map of Kent by Michael Drayton

    Map of Kent by Michael Drayton

  •  Map of Cheshire by Michael Drayton

    Map of Cheshire by Michael Drayton

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The maps of Michael Drayton found in the Poly-Olbion

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