Auction 140, Lot 702

"[Constantinople]", Bruyn, Cornelius de

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1698 (circa)

Publication: Reizen door de vermaardste Deelen van Klein Asia

Color: Hand Color

39 x 11.5 inches
99.1 x 29.2 cm

This impressive panoramic view provides a detailed view of the great capital of the Ottoman Empire. A key at top left identifies 12 locations. 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 two joined sheets, as issued.


Condition: B+

Issued folding. Lovely color with light soiling in blank margins, and a tear along a fold that enters image 1.5" at top center that has been professionally repaired. There are three tiny wormholes in the sky at right. A few small tears and chips in blank margins, one of which just enters image at top right, have been professionally repaired.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200


Closed on 5/23/2012