First published in 1612
Cornwall & Devon
Dorset & Hampshire
Somerset & Wiltshire
Glamorgan & Monmouth
Pembrokeshire & Carmarthen
Herefordshire & Worcestershire
Caernarvonshire & Merionethshire
Denbighshire & Flintshire
Gloucestershire & Worcestershire
Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire
Middlesex & Hertfordshire
Surrey & Sussex
The following maps come from the second part of the Poly-Olbion, published in 1622
Essex & Suffolk
Bedfordshire & Huntingdonshire
Derbsyhire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire
Lancashire & Isle of Man
Cumberland & Westmorland
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 adorned with 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
Fronispiece to Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion 1612
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
Kent song from Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbiion 1612
Map of Denbighshire and Flintshire by Michael Drayton
Map of Kent by Michael Drayton
Map of Cheshire by Michael Drayton