"Vue Generale du Bosphore, de Constantinople a Roumeli-Hissari (Prise d'Asie)",
Subject: Turkey, Constantinople
Period: 1855 (circa)
Color: Black & White
67.3 x 9.9 inches
170.9 x 25.1 cm
Simply a fabulous stone lithographed panorama of Constantinople and the Bosporus Straits. Made up of five dissected pages and sturdy paper hinges, this view shows the city looking from the east across the Bosporus Strait and from the Sea of Malamara in the south to Mont Geant in the north. There are several landmarks such as the Roumelli Hissari and Sultan Ahmet named in the margin below their locations, and in the foreground are scenes of local residents engaged in socializing, traveling and other, more traditional activities. Just beyond lies the Bosporus Strait which is filled with dozens of ships including two very early steamships. The city of Constantinople makes up the background, and is depicted in great detail with numerous mosques and churches gracing the skyline. This lithograph was engraved by J. Schranz, and is in great detail, but presented with a soft quality that shows the texture of the stone. A most uncommon issue.
Hinges very strong with one having a very small separation. Scattered foxing and light staining. Plate #5 has a misfold with a small separation.