Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619, Map of the Americas - detail, exotic bird and fish.

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Date:1619

Description:Stories of strange birds and beasts were brought back to Shakespeare’s London.

In Shakespeare's The Tempest Trinculo, finding 'the monstrous' Caliban on the beach speculates on how an Englishman could make a fortune with tales of monsters 'Were I in England now, as once I was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday-fool there but would give a piece of silver. There would this monster make a man.' (2,2, lines 29-30).


Full title: America Map of the Americas, from Gerard Mercator and Jodocus Hondius Atlas, France, 1619. (hand-coloured)


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1570s
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572  - detail - decorative title panel
Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg, Londinium, c. 1572 - detail - decorative title panel

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1590s
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]
John Norden, The View of London Bridge from east to west, [1597]

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1610s
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.
Jodocus Hondius, America, 1619 Map of the Americas - whole map, hand-coloured.

The Americas in the reign of James I, Shakespeare’s patron. Courtiers of ...

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