Auction 128, Lot 777

"Constantinopel…", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1550 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographia

Color: Hand Color

15 x 8 inches
38.1 x 20.3 cm

Detailed bird's-eye view of the Golden Horn of Constantinople. The city plan depicts the markets, homes, palaces and churches, including the famous Hagia Sophia, shown prior to the addition of the last two minarets in the late 16th century. On the Bosphorus Strait are dozens of large ships sailing out to sea. This is a very appealing medieval view with German text below and on verso.


Condition: A

Lightly toned with a couple binding holes in the blank margins.

Estimate: $400 - $500

Sold for: $350

Closed on 5/20/2009