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Auction 181, Lot 586

Rare Panoramic View of Constantinople with Labeled Buildings

"Constantinopelis Constantinopel", Haffner, Johann Christoph

Subject: Istanbul, Turkey

Period: 1740 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

26 x 8.8 inches
66 x 22.4 cm

This unusual and highly stylized view emphasizes the domes and spires of Constantinople. The panoramic view includes a 26-point legend, in German and Latin, below. A ribbon title cartouche and artistically rendered coat of arms with a crescent moon symbolizing the Ottoman Empire. Printed from two plates on 2 joined sheets, as issued. A very rare engraving published in Augsburg.


Condition: A

A dark impression on bright sheets with a coat of arms watermark on the right-hand sheet, issued folding and now flattened. There are professional repairs to several minor separations along the folds and to a small hole at right (near "Galata"), with minor loss of image.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Sold for: $1,500

Closed on 2/10/2021