Abraham Ortelius, Abraham Ortelius his epitome of the theatre of the worlde, 1603 - p. 3 Asia.

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Date:1603

Description:Asia as it was known to Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

The trading ventures of Antonio, Shakespeare's merchant of Venice, involved ships sailing to many parts of the world in search of goods to bring back to the eager European markets. Shakespeare's references to such trade and travel range from 'all the perfumes of Arabia' referred to by Lady Macbeth, to Queen Hermione who claims 'the Emperor of Russia was my father', in The Winter's Tale.
See: Macbeth 5,1, line 49 and The Winter's Tale 3,2, line 118.


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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