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Auction 133, Lot 565

"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1635 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

27.4 x 9 inches
69.6 x 22.9 cm
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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 with a list of 29 churches, mosques and palaces at bottom.


Condition: B+

Professional repairs on a couple of the folds including some expert paper restoration in blank areas of the sky.

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,000

Sold for: $1,300

Closed on 9/1/2010