Antique Map Auction Sale No. 111 - closed 6/8/2005
Fine view of the strategic passage between the Black and Mediterranean Seas with several ships and Constantinople in the distance. Engraved for a Vue d'Optique, it was designed to be viewed in a special apparatus that gave the scene a strong 3-D impression. A title at top is engraved in reverse. These views are some of the most distinctive and interesting images of the eighteenth century, and their distinctive engraving style, striking perspective and bright original color makes them as visually delightful as they are historically fascinating. Engraved by Huguier fils.