Auction 113, Lot 393

"[Glocestershyre and Part of Worcestershyre]", Drayton, Michael

Subject: England

Period: 1622 (circa)

Publication: Poly-Olbion

Color: Hand Color

Size:
13 x 10 inches
33 x 25.4 cm

This fanciful map of Gloucestershire and part of Worcestershire is from Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion, a romanticized, poetic topography of England. The map shows the towns, hills and rivers personified by nymphs, shepherds and allegorical figures. The Cotswalds are represented with a great illustration of musicians and revelers. The Vale of Evesham features a scene of farmers bringing in the harvest. Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Droitwich are represented by royal female figures, while Micklewood Chase and Kingswood Forest are represented by countrywomen with their hounds. Numerous nymphs spring from the various rivers and waterways throughout the countryside.

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Condition: A

Very faint toning on centerfold, still very good. Narrow, but adequate margins, as issued.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $700

Closed on 12/7/2005

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