Lot 551: Author: Braun & Hogenberg; Title: Byzantium nunc Constantinopolis; Place Published: Cologne; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1572-; Description: Copper-engraved bird's-eye view, hand-colored. 32.5x48 cm (12¾x18¾").One of the most sought-after views of the city of Constantinople, now Istanbul, during the golden age of the Ottoman Empire. The striking view shows the Golden Horn, the original Genoese district of Galata and the Bosphorus viewed from the village of Scutari. Extensive fortifications surround the great buildings of the sixteenth century city at the time of Suleiman the Magnificent. Many important buildings can be identified, including the Eski Saray, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Hagia Irene, Suleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. European galleons and Turkish galleys fill the Bosphorus and in the foreground a mounted noble Turk is escorted by a group of Janissaries. At bottom are twelve portraits of Turkish Emperors from the 13th to 16th centuries. This is the second state of the engraving, with the formerly blank roundel on the extreme right now filled with the figure of Murad III (1574-1595). Latin text on verso. Condition: Some toning to paper, slight tape stains to margins; very good.
PBA Galleries' Sale 578: Americana, Travel/Exploration, Cartography, African/Asian Americana and Directories
Thursday, 28th January 2016
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