17th-century adult colouring-in book ready for modern hues

Albion’s Glorious Ile, a magical poem engraved to hymn ‘the pleasures infinite’ of England and Wales, republished for 21st century Gallery: Albion’s Glorious Ile, the 400-year-old colouring bookAdults finding time for colouring-in books might seem a modern fad, part of the fashion for all things mindful. But the trend actually dates back more than 400 years, and one of the earliest books intended for amateur colouring – a series of maps adorned with delicately drawn images of nymphs, water sprites and fairies – is about to be republished, centuries after it was first printed.The maps in Albion’s Glorious Ile, out in June from Unicorn Press, were commissioned to illustrate the poet Michael Drayton’s 17th-century, 15,000-line poem, Poly-Olbion. Describing England and Wales – Drayton didn’t get round to Scotland – the vast poem tours the country, county by county, evoking the topographical features and legends of each location. “Of Albions glorious Ile the wonders … I write, / The sundry varying soyles, the pleasures infinite,” writes Drayton, in the poem he dubbed his “strange Herculean labour” and spent 30 years honing. Related: Albion's Glorious Ile, the 400-year-old colouring book – in pictures Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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