1620 - Porcacchi - Constantinopoli
Copper etching from "L'Isole piu Famose del Mondo" (The most
famous islands of the world) by Thomas Porcacchi (1530 - 1585) and
engraved by Girolamo Porro. The first edition of this work was
published in Venice in 1572. This is from the second edition, 1620
published in Padua. A very attractive and uncommon early 17th
century map of the city of Constantinople/Istanbul. This wonderful
birds-eye view shows a delightful level of detail, including major
geographical features such as individual buildings, small islands
off the coast, a nice compass rose, and numerous sailing ships.
Amazing how many individual buildings are depicted, including quite
a variety across the Golden Horn at Pera.