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Auction 158, Lot 356

"Tempe", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Vale of Tempe, Greece

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

18.5 x 14.2 inches
47 x 36.1 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." Latin text on verso, published in 1603.

References: Van den Broecke #231.

Condition: A

A dark impression with several minor printer's creases and a professionally repaired centerfold separation that enters 0.5" into image at bottom.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $220

Closed on 6/22/2016