1570 Duchetti - Costantinopoli
Incredible c. 1570 Duchetti Lafreri-school view of Constantinople
Rome, c. 1570
44 x 30 cm (17 x 12 in)
Bird’s-eye-view of Constantinople/Istanbul, as seen from Üsküdar (Scutari), on the Anatolian shore of the Bosphorus. The view follows the cartographic model of the important woodcut of Andrea Vavassore, from Venice. Duchetti likely drew inspiration as well from small views found in the various works of Forlani, Bertelli, and Zenoi. These cartographers produced a significant number of city plans and views, especially in the years 1567-9.
Engraved signature and date by the editor. First state (of two). Shield and star watermark in the paper.
Claude Duchet (Duchetti) was a print dealer and publisher born in France and active in Venice circa 1565-72 and subsequently in Rome. He was the brother of Francesco Duchetti and a nephew of Antonio Lafreri, inheriting half his plates in 1577.
Excellent impression on thick paper. Small restoration on right side, expertly done; for the rest, excellent conservation.
Tooley, Maps in Italian Atlases of the Sixteenth Century, 156 I/II; Meurer, The Strabo Atlas, 166; Franco, Novacco Map Collection, 114.
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