Auction 126, Lot 680

"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Turkey, Istanbul

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: B+

There are some printer's creases in the view and some repairs in the blank margins and along one fold.

Estimate: $1,700 - $1,900

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 12/3/2008