"Constantinopolis", Merian, Matthaus
Subject: Istanbul, Turkey
Period: 1635 (dated)
Color: Hand Color
27.8 x 8.1 inches
70.6 x 20.6 cm
This grand panorama shows Istanbul straddling the Bosphorus River. A key at bottom names 29 major buildings identified in the view. It is beautifully engraved with quaint scenes of every-day life, including hunters with their dogs in the near foreground. The view is titled above, Constantinopolitanae Urbis Effigies ad Vivum Expressa, quam Turcae Stampoldam Vocant. Printed on two joined sheets, as issued.
A sharp impression, issued folding with a printer's crease at bottom right, faint dampstaining in the blank margins, and archival reinforcements along the folds on verso. A tear in the top blank margin has been professionally repaired.