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Auction 145, Lot 666

"A Plan of Constantinople, Places Adjacent, and Canal of the Black Sea", Bayly, John

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1767 (dated)


Color: Black & White

16.8 x 15 inches
42.7 x 38.1 cm
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This unusual bird's-eye view provides terrific detail, right down to individual trees, plowed fields and buildings. The extensive keyed legend identifies 75 places and buildings on the plan. At bottom is a profile view of the city with numerous boats and sailing ships in the Bosphorus. The elaborate title cartouche features weaponry, flags and a jeweled turban.


Condition: B+

Issued folding on watermarked paper with a hint of toning. There is one small edge tear confined to the left blank margin that has been closed on verso with non-archival tape, which is fortunately entirely confined to the blank margin.

Estimate: $700 - $850

Sold for: $550

Closed on 6/12/2013