[Herefordshyre, Parte of Glocestershyre, Parte of Worcestershyre]
Engraving with good early colour. 255 x 330mm. Small repaired tear south of the Severn.
A very decorative, strange and charming map which ignores county boundaries and focuses on natural features and main rivers. Each river is adorned with a goddess. Allegorical figures abound. Only major towns are shown.
Michael Drayton was a prominent poet, friend of Shakespeare and a favourite at the court of Queen Elizabeth Ist. He began his epic poem 'Poly-Olbion', from the Greek, meaning Happy Albion (an old name for England), in 1598. The first part was published in 1612 with 18 maps engraved by William Hole, and 10 more maps were published in 1622, mainly of the northern areas of England.
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