"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
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.
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.