Constantinople (Istanbul) – Constantinopolis
Unique, rare and large frog’s view
Date of first edition: 1700
Date of this edition: ca. 1700
Dimensions (not including margins): 40 x 51 cm
Condition: excellent. Sharp copper engraving. Superb old colouring. Limited margins.
Condition rating: A+
Constantinople: pure passion by Tilemans
This is a rare view of Istanbul drawn from Matthaus Merian’s famous view of the city in a slightly different format. It shows the city skyline along with quaint scenes of every-day life, including hunters with their dogs in the near foreground. The title is engraved on a ribbon in the sky, with an additional title (Constantinopolitanae Urbis Effigies ad Vivum Expressa) in top margin. Tri-lingual poetry lauding the city (Latin, Dutch and French) and a key to the engraving are below the view. Engraved by Seger Tilemans. This view also appeared in De Jonghe’s rare atlas of city views.
Probably based on Danckaerts’ map of 1660.
Constantinople – de expurgnatione Constatinopolisby Hartmann SchedelPrice (without VAT): €750,00 / $885,00 / £667,50
Only forty years before
Constantinople (Istanbul) – Byzantium nunc Constantinopolisby Georg Braun and Frans HogenbergPrice (without VAT): €4 200,00 / $4 956,00 / £3 738,00
This is the rare second state of the view, with the roundel at the right including the portrait of Sultan Murad III, which is blank in state 1.
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Royal cartography: rare and spectacular