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ROBERT, Merzoff. [A detailed map of the Bosphorus, with Constantinople]
Carte et Plan de Constantinople et du Canal du Bosphore. London: Constantin Sevastopulo, 1830. Dissected and laid on linen as issued, total 790 x 560mm, folded into slipcase with chemise. Paper toned, wear on linen, slipcase distressed.
A rare map of the Bosphorus with enough detail to show the layout of the streets of Constantinople, Pera and Scutari, with an extensive key. It was engraved by Johann Mayr and the Schleich brothers in Munich in 1829, but the plate was brought to London by Sevastopulo who published it with the help of James Wyld. Little is known of Constantin Sevastapulo. According to the map's inscription, he was a Greek born in Constantinople, with enough local knowledge to correct Robert's map. However he seems to have been forced into exile in the 1820s, probably because of the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire. A letter exists from the Duke of Wellington to the Marquis de Lally-Tolendal (1825, in French) describing his attempts to ''to help the unfortunate family of Constantin Sevastopulo. He has unfortunately arrived in London in the season when everyone is in the country. But if he can stay a little longer in England, I think he'll be fine''.
[Ref: 19403]    £450.00 ($561 • €500 rates)


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