Auction 137, Lot 683

"Constantinopel des Griechischen Lenserchumbs Hauptstattim Land Thracia am moere gelegen", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1578 (published)

Publication: Cosmographia oder beschreibung Aller Lander…

Color: Hand Color

15 x 8 inches
38.1 x 20.3 cm

Detailed bird's-eye view of the Golden Horn of Constantinople. The city plan depicts the markets, homes, palaces and churches, including the famous Hagia Sophia, shown prior to the addition of the last two minarets in the late 16th century. On the Bosphorus Strait are dozens of large ships sailing out to sea. This is a very appealing medieval view with German text below and on verso.


Condition: A

Hint of toning along centerfold and light residue from hinge tape in far upper corners. A 1/2" centerfold separation in bottom blank margin.

Estimate: $350 - $450

Sold for: $275

Closed on 9/14/2011