Byzantium, Nunc Constantinopolis..
Selling price: $2500
Sold in 2009
European galleons and Turkish galleys fill the seas of the Bosporus and Golden Horn. The great buildings of the 16th Century Istanbul during the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent can be clearly seen, including the Suleymaniye Mosque and the Topkapi palace.
Lower centre is filled with a parading Turkish horseman and troop of janissaries.
The finest feature of the print is the series of 11 (of 12) roundel portraits which adorn the lower border and depict Turkish Sultans of the 13th to 16th centuries, including Soliman the Magnificent and Selim.
This is the first state of the engraving, with the blank roundel in the extreme right not yet filled with the figure of Murad III (1574-1595).
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