"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Istanbul, Turkey
Period: 1635 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
27.4 x 9 inches
69.6 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 with a list of 29 churches, mosques and palaces at bottom.
Professional repairs on a couple of the folds including some expert paper restoration in blank areas of the sky.