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Auction 174, Lot 586

"Tempe", Ortelius, Abraham

Subject: Vale of Tempe, Greece

Period: 1590 (dated)

Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum

Color: Black & White

18.5 x 14.1 inches
47 x 35.8 cm
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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 sharp impression with marginal soiling and a damp stain in the right blank margin.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/11/2019