Auction 129, Lot 715

"Constantinopel", Meisner, Daniel

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1624 (published)

Publication: Thesauras Philo-Politicus…

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. This is a condensed version of Matthaus Merian's famous representation 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 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. The view is on a full sheet (7.7 x 12.2") with German text.


Condition: A

View is fine with a dark impression. There is a large worm hole in the text above the view.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $220

Closed on 9/23/2009