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William Shakespeare’s plays are set in Europe, Asia and Africa, from classical times to the Renaissance. How did he and other authors, mapmakers and readers of his day imagine foreign and often exotic settings, the “other” as well as the familiar? What roles do place, identity and travel play in his comedies, tragedies and histories? Explore these questions and more through maps, atlases and illustrations of Shakespeare’s time and beyond, and armchair travel with the Bard to “here, and everywhere.”

The World in the Time of Shakespeare
Abraham Ortelius
“Typus Orbis Terrarum,” 1570.
Abraham Ortelius
Title page from Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1570
Heinrich Bünting
Die Gantze Welt in ein Kleberblat, 1581
Gerard de Jode
Uniuersi Orbis seu Terreni Globi in Plano Effigies, 1578
Abraham Ortelius
“Europae,” 1570
Britain in the Time of Shakespeare
Robert Morden
A New Mapp of England Scotland and Ireland, [1687]
Shakespeare’s Birthplace
E. (Edward) Duncan, Esq.
“Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon,” 1847
W. Hemings
Plan of Shakespeare’s Birth-Place, 1824
Harper & Brothers
Views of London in 1616 and 1890, 1890
J. Nichols (Publisher)
“The Bear Garden; The Globe Theatre,” 1816
Northern Europe
Jan Jansson
Daniae Regni Typum Potentissimo Invictissimoque …, 1629
Horace Fisher
“Alas, poor Yorick!” 1887
Erik Dahlbergh
Repraesentatio Scenographica Arcis Cronenburg …, 1696
Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark, 2007
Western Europe
Willem Janszoon Blaeu
Normandia Ducatus, [1635]
Gilles Hotot
Plan et Profil au Naturel de la Ville d’Orleans, 1849
Jan Jansson
Hispaniae Veteris Descriptio, 1638
Frederick de Wit
Regni Navarrae Accurata Tabula, ca. 1680
Southern Europe
Herman Moll
A New Map of Italy …, 1714
H.F. Münster (Firm)
Nuova Pianta di Venezia, 1859
Georg Braun and Frans Hogenburg
“Magnifica Illa Civitas Verona; Colonia Augusta Verona Nova Gallieniana,” 1582
Eastern Europe
Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville
Graeciae Antiquae, 1783
William Vaughn Tupper
“At Base of Acropolis. Theatre of Dionysos,” 1893
Ronald E. Grim
Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 1999
Bernard Sleigh
An Anciente Mappe of Fairyland Newly Discovered and Set Forth, 1917
Asia & Africa
Abraham Ortelius
“Turcici Imperii Descriptio,” 1570
Willem Janszoon Blaeu and Joan Blaeu
“Cyprus Insula,” 1650
Abraham Ortelius
Aegyptus Antiqua, 1584
W.B. Clarke
Plan of Ancient Rome, 1830

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