By: Georg Braun & Franz Hogenberg
Date: 1572 (published) Cologne.
Dimensions: 19 x 13 inches (48.25 x 33 cm)
This is a truly wonderful example of the highly sought after 1st state, bird’s eye view of Constantinople by Braun and Hogenberg.
Viewed from the village of Scutari, the image portrays the center of the Ottoman Empire at the height of its power with the “golden horn” center stage and the original Genoese district of Galata to the right. Extensive fortifications surround all areas of population and the seas are filled with numerous galleons and small boats. In the foreground, a noble Turk on horseback is being escorted by a troop of Janiserries.
Many important buildings are distinguished throughout the map, including the Eski Saray, Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Hagia Irene, Suleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi Palace. Portraits of 11 Sultans line the base of the map in chronological order from left to right. The 12th circle (left blank) was later filled in the 2nd state with Murad III. The map is presented with joyous hand coloring and Latin text on verso.
Condition: Map is in A condition with wide margins and a 4inch separation that has been expertly repaired on the verso.
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