1567 Forlani - Costantinopoli

Mid-16th century Lafreri view of Istanbul

Title:

Costantinopoli

Map maker:

Paolo Forlani, Giulio Ballino

Place and Year:

Venice, 1567

Dimensions:

25.7 x 18.8 cm (10.1 x 7.4 in)

Technique:

Copperplate engraving

Coloring:

Uncolored

Condition Rating:

VG+

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DETAILS

This very rare bird's-eye-view of Constantinople shows the city across the strategic Bosphorus Strait filled with ships. The detailed view depicts the streets and buildings throughout the city, with a lettered key at bottom identifying over 50 important locations. A large compass rose orients north to the top right.

Italian and Greek text on verso. This plan is by Forlani, one of the leading cartographers of the Lafreri School, and published in Giulio Ballino's De'Disegni delle Piu Illustri Citta, et Fortezze del Mondo in 1569.

The Lafreri School was not actually a school, but a group of cartographers, mapmakers, engravers, and publishers who worked in the major Italian publishing centers of Rome and Venice, from about 1544 to 1585.

CONDITION NOTES

Light soiling with a minor crease adjacent to the centerfold and remnants of hinge tape on verso.

IDENTIFIER

NL-00490

REFERENCES

Shirley (BL Atlases) T.BALL-1a #42.

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