Auction 129, Lot 716

"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1640 (circa)


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

Sharp impression with a few minor spots in blank margins.

Estimate: $1,900 - $2,200

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/23/2009