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Auction 153, Lot 606

"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

15.1 x 8 inches
38.4 x 20.3 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 15.4 x 12.4".

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

Condition: B+

A nice impression with attractive color, a small stain at bottom right of image, and several small worm holes along centerfold at bottom that have been professionally repaired with a minute amount of image seamlessly replaced in facsimile.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $275

Closed on 5/20/2015