'SURREY', 'SUSSEX' and 'LONDON' by Michael Drayton / William Hole c.1612
A very attractive and rare 'allegorical' map of the area around London, Surrey and Sussex which was published in Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion (London: 1612-1622). This particular example comes from the first edition of 1612 which is without plate numbers.
Michael Drayton (1563-1631) was an esteemed poet of the late Elizabethan age and close friend of William Shakespeare. In 1612 he published his opus magnum entitled 'Poly-Olbion' which contained a series of songs and poems praising the beauty of England & Wales. To accompany this work, a set 'allegorical' maps were included; rivers were represented by nymphs, hills by shepherds, forests by huntresses and cities by crowned female figures. Whilst limited cartographically, the maps epitomise both the artistic sentiment and pervading sense of national pride of that time. The maps were engraved by William Hole who is one of the earliest known English engravers.
- This is an original copperplate engraving.
- Printed area is approximately 33cms by 25.5cms.
- The map is in very good condition; centre fold, as issued. The margins are fairly close, as issued, but still mountable without loss. Click on image for a better view.
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- Guaranteed to be over 400 years old.