"Constantinopel", Meisner, Daniel
Subject: Istanbul, Turkey
Period: 1642 (published)
Publication: Sciographia Cosmica
Color: Hand Color
5.5 x 3 inches
14 x 7.6 cm
This uncommon miniature engraving of Constantinople is filled with incredible detail for such a small view. The view is a condensed version of Matthaus Merian's famous view of the city. Meisner's charming little plans are meticulously engraved, and they always have a Latin motto at the top, followed by emblematic verses (in Latin and German) beneath the view. His book of city plans (Thesauras Philo-Politicus…) was originally issued in conjunction with publisher Eberhard Kieser in 1623 with only 52 plates. It was re-issued in 1624-6 with 416 views. After Meisner's death this series continued to be expanded under Kieser's supervision, eventually comprising over 800 plates with the title changed to Sciographia Cosmica; published in 1642 and reissued in 1678.