c. 1574 – G. BRAUN & F. HOGENBERG – Constantinopolis
Title: “Byzantium nunc Constantinopolis.”
One of the finest and most sought-after views of Istanbul issued by Braun and Hogenberg. Viewed from the village of Scutari, the City is shown with all its fortifications, the original Genoese district of Galata on the opposite bank of the Golden Horn to the right.
European galleons and Turkish galleys fill the seas of the Bosporus and Golden Horn. The great buildings of the 16th century Istanbul during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent can be clearly seen, including the Suleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi palace. Lower centre is filled with a parading Turkish horseman and troop of janissaries.
The finest feature of the print is the series of 12 roundel portraits which adorn the lower border and depict Turkish Sultans of the 13th to 16th centuries, including Suleiman the Magnificent and Selim.
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. With Latin text on verso.
Cartographer: Georg Braun (1541 – 1622) & Franz Hogenberg (1535 – 1590)
Sheet size: 53,6 x 39,8 cm
Year: c. 1574
Technique: copper engraving
Very good condition.
This is an original antique map published circa 1574 and NOT a modern copy or reprint
On your request I will provide a Certificate of Authenticity