Constantinopolis – De Bruyn (1698)



Description: Antique print, titled: ‘Constantinopolis’ – Extremely large antique print of a panoramic view of Constantinople or Istanbul, Turkey, by Corneille le Brun. The print depicts a panoramic view of Istanbul, decorated with a variety of sailing ships.


This scarse plate originates from: ‘Voyage au Levant c’est a dire dans les principaux endroits de l’Asie Mineure dans les Isles de Chio, de Rhodes, de Chypre &c., de meme que dans les plus considerables villes d’Egypte, de Syrie, et de la Terre Sainte…’, by Corneille le Brun (Cornelis de Bruyn), published by Henri de Kroonevelt, Delft, 1700. First edition in French, first published in Dutch in1698 (‘Reizen…door de vermaardste Deelen van Klein Asia….’) In 1702 an English edition appeared as well.

Artists and Engravers: Made by ‘Cornelis de Bruyn’ after an anonymous artist. Cornelis de Bruijn (also spelled Cornelius de Bruyn, pronounced (1652 – 1726/7) was a Dutch artist and traveler. He made two large tours and published illustrated books with his observations of people, buildings, plants and animals. Best known as a landscape artist, Le Bruyn travelled widely from a young age to Vienna, on to Rome then to Smyrna, Constantinople, Egypt, Jerusalem, Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey. Everywhere he went Le Bruyn depicted the scenes around him, he was especially interested in places of antiquity or historic interest, and his are the first images of the interior of a pyramid and Jerusalem to be widely available to Westerners. After an eight-year stay in Venice, Le Bruyn returned to The Hague in 1693 to publish this first book. From 1701 he started a second journey into Russia, Persia…

  • Date: 1698
  • Technic: Engraving / etching on hand laid (verge) paper.
  • Overall size: 76,4 x 12,7 inch
  • Image size: 74,8 x 11,1 inch
  • Condition: Good, given age. Edges with an occasional small tear, not affecting image. Some crinkles and creases. Some browning in the margins. One of the original folds has been consolidated on reverse (accid free paper-tape). A few minor spots. One backed worm hole in image. Original folds as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
  • PartNumber: PCT-63339
  • Storage Location: BG-P2-07 ISCRA
  • Price : 2.997,5 Euro / 3.557,5 USD / 52.000.000 IDR