de Fer, Nicolas

Birds-eye view of Constantinople or Istanbul, Turkey

Veue de la ville et du port de Constantinople.

DESCRIPTION: Very detailed and attractive antique engraving of Constantinople or Istanbul,Turkey published from Paris in 1705. Minute detail of all the numerous towers, lighthouses, minarets and mosques that filled the city in the early 18th century.

Two settlements outside the well-fortifed walls are noted: Galata, and on the Anatolian side of the Bosphorous Strait- Scutari, which today is a municipality of Istanbul called Üsküdar. A few hundred meters off the coast of Scutari, on a small rocky islet is pictured the "Tour de Leander" or Maiden's Tower (Turkish: Kız Kulesi) , which over many centuries has served as watchtower, quarrantine station, lighthouse, and defensive structure. Today the tower has been converted into a café and restaurant.

Other named features include the Tower of Belisarius ("Tour de Bellissaire"), le Serail, the Seven Towers ("Les 7 Tours"), le Solimanie, Constantine's Palace, les Magazines de Pera, and Calcedoine.

This antique view was produced by the well known French geographer and cartographer, Nicolas de Fer (1646 - 1720). De Fer was a prolific producer of maps and prints who among other honors, was appointed as official geographer to the Spanish King in 1702. From "L'atlas curieux, ou Le monde réprésenté dans des cartes générales et particulières du ciel et de la terre."

CREATOR: de Fer, Nicolas



BODY OF WATER: Bosphorous Strait

CONDITION: Very good.  Clean with a strong, dark impression on chain-laid, watermarked paper. One small repaired marginal tear well outside the image.



SIZE: 13 " x 9 "


PRICE: $545


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