Auction 119, Lot 748

"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Turkey - Constantinople

Period: 1635 (dated)

Publication: Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica

Color: Black & White

27.3 x 8 inches
69.3 x 20.3 cm

Grand panorama showing the city on two joined sheets, as issued. A key at bottom names twenty-nine major buildings identified in the view. It is beautifully engraved with quaint scenes of every-day life, including hunters with their dogs in the near foreground. The view is titled above, Constantinopolitanae Urbis Effigies ad Vivum Expressa, quam Turcae Stampoldam Vocant.


Condition: B

Nice impression with a few extraneous creases and light foxing, mostly in the margins. There is a very old manuscript 'A' above the title and a small abrasion on the paper joint, affecting a little of the top title.

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,400

Sold for: $800

Closed on 5/9/2007