Auction 142, Lot 604

"Veue des Dardanelles de Constantinople", Fer, Nicolas de

Subject: Western Turkey, Dardanelles & Sea of Marmara

Period: 1725 (circa)

Publication: Atlas Curieux

Color: Hand Color

13.3 x 9 inches
33.8 x 22.9 cm

This striking view depicts the Dardanelles leading to the Sea of Marmara, with Constantinople (Istanbul) in the background. Chateau Neuf d'Europe and Chateau Neuf d'Asie are depicted on either side of the Hellespont, with a naval battle in between, representing the struggle for control over the region. The ruins of Troy are depicted at bottom right. Nicolas de Fer held the title of Geographer at Louis XIV's court. He was one of the most prolific publishers of plans of European cities in the late seventeenth century.

References: Pastoureau, Fer I [102].

Condition: A

Watermarked paper with attractive color.

Estimate: $350 - $425

Sold for: $375

Closed on 11/28/2012