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Auction 151, Lot 604

"Constantinopel desz Griechischen Keyserchumbs Hauptstatt/ im Land Thracia am Moze Gelegen", Munster, Sebastian

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1572 (circa)

Publication: Cosmographey oder Beschreibung Aller Lander…

Color: Hand Color

15 x 7.9 inches
38.1 x 20.1 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. Full sheet with text measures 15.3 x 11.7".

References: cf. Mickwitz & Miekkavaara #157-114.

Condition: B

Light soiling with a professionally repaired centerfold separation at top and a narrow right margin. Remargined at left as this example was trimmed at the sides during the binding process to fit in the atlas.

Estimate: $300 - $375

Sold for: $230

Closed on 11/19/2014