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Title: Accurate Vorstellung der Orientalisch Kayserlichen Haupt- und Residenz-Stadt Constantinopel samt ihrer Gegend und Zweyen Beruhmten Meer-Engen, Bosphoro Thracio und Hellesponto, oder dem Freto der Dardanellen
This is one of the most decorative maps of the strategic region between the Mediterranean and Black seas. A large inset features a bird's-eye view of the Bosphorus with several ships in the foreground, and a plan of Constantinople in the background. This decorative inset is framed with coats-of-arms, flags, shields and figures. The lower third of the map is a finely rendered bird's-eye panorama of Constantinople from the north, probably from the heights of Pera. A legend names and locates 30 important buildings, such as the Seraglio, Hagia Sophia, several mosques, etc. The Galata Tower is shown, as is the entrance to the Golden Horn before any bridges were built.     (id:94446/131-755)
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Johann Baptist Homann

Istanbul, Turkey
1720/19.2" x 22.7"  (48.8 x 57.7 cm)
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(+B) There are several expert repairs in the blank margins, including the repair of a tear in the upper right border and a short tear into the figure flanking the inset view. The map is backed with light Japanese tissue.







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Old World Auctions
Auction No. 131 - Antique Maps, Charts, Atlases & Globes
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02/2010





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