Abraham Ortelius, Abraham Ortelius his epitome of the theatre of the worlde, 1603 - p. 90, Map of Ilyria.

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Date:1603

Description:Shakespeare's heroine, Viola, is shipwrecked in Illyria, a province in Ortelius’s atlas.

Illyria, ruled over by Duke Orsino in Twelfth Night, is the European state, now known as Croatia. ‘What country friends is this? asks Viola as she comes ashore on the Dalmatian coast. ‘This is Illyria, Lady,’ the sea captain replies.
See: Twelfth Night, 1,2, lines 1-2.


Full title: Abraham Ortelius his epitome of the theatre of the worlde. Now latlye renewed and augmented. The mappes all newe grauen by Michael Coignet. London, printed for Ieames Shawe, 1603.


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