Auction 123, Lot 669

"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Turkey, Constantinople

Period: 1635 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

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 29 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 velvety impression on a sound sheet. The blank lower margin has a few wormholes, not affecting the printed image.

Estimate: $1,600 - $1,800

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 2/20/2008