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1613 Drayton Poly-Olbion Middlesex London Herts Thames Map Antique Old St Albans
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In very good condition, with a centrefold as issued, and a strong platemark. Lovely handcolouring,

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Item location:
Fairlight, East Sussex, United Kingdom

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Seller notes: In very good condition, with a centrefold as issued, and a strong platemark. Lovely handcolouring, presumed original.
Format: Sheet Map Antique/ Modern: Antique
Region: UK England Middlesex Hertfordshire London Thames Map Type: Rivers, City, Geological/ Terrain, Historical/ Political, Regional/ Local

A very early 17th century "map" taken from Michael Drayton's "Poly-Olbion, or Chorographical Description of all the Tracts, Rivers, Mountains, Forests and Other Parts of the Renowned Isle of Great Britain." First published in 1612-13, with an enlarged edition issued 1622. Scarce.

These strange and rare images are perhaps not maps in the sense that we think of them today, though "Chorography" is described as "the process or technique of mapping or describing particular districts or regions" (I had to look it up!). Possibly engraved by William Hole, they are less concerned with Geographical accuracy, and more with capturing the Spirits and Deities that inhabit the Region - the woods, the hills, a few places, but most importantly the rivers. Here the Thames dominates on the left of the image (the map is unusually oriented with North facing to the right), but also given prominence are the rivers Colne, Lea, Bean, Mimer, and Sturt, with their spirits rising from them.  Hampstead and Highgate are depicted as delightfully rural situations, and Watling Street (now the A1!) has a charming image of a horse being led north.

Size: The sheet is 36cms x 28cms. There is a page number 245 top right.

Condition: In very good condition, with a centrefold as issued, and a strong platemark. Lovely handcolouring, presumed original.

A most unusual Allegorical depiction of an area that includes London north of the Thames, in a form unrecognisable today.

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I have other Antique maps in my shop, including a Drayton Oxford. Please see my other items.

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