“KENT” London: Michael Drayton, c. 1612-22. Original copper-plate engraved map with later hand-coloring from the very scarce Poly-Olbion. Presentable but with damp-staining, and tears reinforced with paper tape applied along center long ago. (Maps for Drayton's Poly-Olbion are often found in worn condition, attesting to their popularity). Image size: 10 x 12.75 inches.
A highly decorative map from Drayton’s Poly-Olbion! It depicts the area of Kent up to the River Thames, River Medway, Canterbury, Maidstone, Romney Marsh, Thanet & The Cherry Gardens near Deptford. Also shown are shepherds, rivers with water nymphs and allegorical figures.
Drayton’s maps (engraved by William Hole) are the most fantastic and fanciful British county maps ever produced! Drayton was a friend of Shakespeare and considered himself a poet. Geographic accuracy was secondary to the decorative appeal of nymphs, river gods, shepherds and diverse creatures of Drayton’s lengthy paean to England. “These maps were designed to amplify texts which celebrated the growing national pride and patriotic glory of the Renaissance kingdoms of the Tudor and early Stuart period” (The Map Collector, Issue #17, p.16).