Auction 136, Lot 639

Panoramic view of Constantinople

"Constantinopolis", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Reizen van Cornelis de Bruyn, door de Vermaardtse Deelen van Klein Asie…

Color: Hand Color

74.75 x 11 inches
189.9 x 27.9 cm

This incredible panoramic view measures more than six feet in width. It provides a very impressive and detailed view of the great capital of the Ottoman Empire. The Dutch painter and traveler, Cornelius de Bruyn, traveled to Constantinople and the empire between 1677 and 1684. All the spires, minarets, mosques and especially the Aya Sophia are depicted here and the Bosphorus is filled with a variety of ships and boats. De Bruyn's account of his travels through the Ottoman empire between 1677 & 1684 was profusely illustrated with engravings made from his drawings and sketches, which are noted for their objectivity and exactness. Printed on 3 joined sheets, as issued. First published in 1698 with a French translation in 1700 and an English edition in 1702.


Condition: A

In remarkably good condition for such a large folding map. There is a professionally repaired tear on the bottom fold just to the right of the large ship at left.

Estimate: $2,750 - $3,500

Sold for: $2,000

Closed on 6/1/2011