Antwerp: Abraham Ortelius, 1609.
Map. Engraving with beautiful original hand color. Image measures 14" x 18 3/4". Staining and toning to margins, repair to lower centerfold, but otherwise is good condition.
The Vale of Tempe is a gorge in the Tempi municipality of northern Thessaly, Greece, located between Olympus to the north and Ossa to the south, and between the regions of Thessaly and Macedonia. Ortelius shows us a mixture of Greek myth and history. Beautifully composed, he describes it as "where gods dwell, meet in companies, and having done divine service and ceremonies in due form and manner, they banquet and make merry." Abraham Ortelius (1527--1598), a Flemish cartographer and geographer, is widely regarded as one of the important and influential cartographers in history. He is known for his "Theatrum Orbis Terrarum," which was the first modern atlas. Van den Broecke #231