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Map, hand coloured copper plate engraving, fantastical map
of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, published
in Poly-Olbion, by Michael Drayton, poet, engraved by
William Hole, about 1612.
Showing the rivers of Hampshire and Dorset, decorated with goddesses and allegorical figures for forests, islands, etc.
This bizarre map was published for inclusion in 'Poly-Olbion, or Chorographical Description of all the Tracts, Rivers, Mountains, Forests and other parts of the Renowned Isle of Great Britain, by Michael Drayton, poet; it is of no topographical interest; but it is an interesting document of its time, containing numerous classic allusions reminiscent of contemporary poetry and masques.
|wxh, plate:-||33x25.5cm (approx)|
|Drayton's Hampshire 1613, contents|
|Old Hampshire Mapped|