An exquisite 16th-century map of Europe created by one of the greatest names in the history of cartography - Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598). Abraham Ortelius was a Flemish-Belgian archaeologist, cartographer and geographer. He is best known for publishing what is usually referred to as the world's first map book in 1570, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, and also for being among the first to put forward the theory of continental drift.
This important map of Europe builds on the surviving works of Mercator, Jenkinson and not least Olaus Magnus map of Scandinavia. The map shows a partially covered and obviously anxious Mother Europe sitting on Zeus in the form of a calm bull, both with their eyes fixed on Europe - curious about its future.
See also Islandia, a map of Iceland, also found in Abraham Ortelius' map book.