Auction 122, Lot 692

"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Turkey, Constantinople

Period: 1640 (circa)


Color: Black & White

27.6 x 9 inches
70.1 x 22.9 cm

This grand panorama shows Istanbul 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: A

A superb impression on a clean sheet with a minor paper irregularity in the lower blank margin.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 12/5/2007