|Published||M. Merian fecit. [Frankfurt, 1638]|
|Dimensions||Image and plate 230 x 700 mm, Sheet 335 x 715 mm|
Text above image reads: Constantinopolitanae Urbis Effigies ad Vivum Expressa, quam Turcae Stampoldam Vocant. A° MDCXXXV.
A large panoramic view of the city of Istanbul or Constantinople as it was previously known from Galata hill, from Johann Ludwig Gottfried's Neuwe Archontologia Cosmica. The view depicts both sides of the Golden Horn waterway, with major and important landmarks numbered and described in German in the key below. In the foreground figures can be seen going about their daily business including hunters with dogs seen to the right.
Matthäus Merian the Elder (22 September 1593 - 19 June 1650) was a Swiss engraver born in Basel. Beginning his career in Zürich where he learned the art of copperplate engraving, Merian went on to study and work in various cities throughout France. In 1615, Merian returned to Basel. His return to Basel, however, was short lived, moving to Frankfurt the following year to work for the publisher Johann Theodor de Bry. Merian later married de Bry's daughter. He was also the father of Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the greatest natural history artists of the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
Condition: Two sheets joined at the centre as issued, vertical centre folds as issued, some minor toning to sheet edges.