Auction 126, Lot 608

"Tempe", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Greece

Period: 1612 (published)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, Parergon

Color: Hand Color

18.5 x 14.3 inches
47 x 36.3 cm

This stunning engraving illustrates the Vale of Tempe in Thessalia, at the foot of Mount Olympus, a mixture of Greek myth and history. Ortelius described it as "where people dwell, meet in companies, and having done divine service and ceremonies in due form and manner, they banquet and make merry."

References: Van den Broecke #231.

Condition: A

Fine impression and superb color. Some damp stains that barely affect the top corners, and spots in the margins with linen hinge remnants on verso.

Estimate: $250 - $325

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/3/2008