Below are some featured maps from exhibit “European Cartographers and the Ottoman World, 1500-1750: Maps from the Collection of O. J. Sopranos,” at the Oriental Institute through March 2, 2008.
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Byzantium Nunc Constantinopolis (from Civitates Orbis Terrarum)
Georg Braun & Frans Hogenberg, Cologne, 1572
32 cm x 48.5 cm
Bird’s eye view, colored, engraved; Old walled city—Golden Horn Pera, Ushkudar: city views include monuments of Saint Sophia, Topkapi Palace. Twelve vignettes of Ottoman sultans line the bottom margin including portraits of Soliman the Magnificent and Selim. Numerous ships in Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Mounted Sultan with entourage at bottom center. Leander’s Tower, Yedikule.
Constantinopolis (from Constantinopolitanae Urbis Effigies ad Vivum Expressa Quam Turcae Stampoldam Vocant)
Matthaus Merian, Frankfurt, 1641
20.7 cm x 71.2 cm (margin)
32.2 cm x 77.2 cm (sheet)
Colored, engraved view of Constantinpole from Pera. Index with 29 sites noted including Seraglio, St Sophia, Suleiman’s Mosque in realistic manner. Pera in foreground is shown as walled city. Many sailing ships in Golden Horn. Lower right, two men with hunting dogs. Published in “Topographia Europea.”
The Turkish Empire in Europe, Asia & Africa Dominion of Emperor of Marocco
Herman Moll, London, 1720
60.4 cm x 101.6 cm (margin)
64.0 cm x 105 cm (sheet)
Colored, engraved. Dedicated to Tho Vernon, Commissioner of Trade & Plantations of his Majesty of GB. Insets: top left, Constantinople; to right, Smirna; large multiple inset bottom left, Jerusalem, interior Holy Sepulchre and tomb credited to Cornelis de Bruyn from his Reizen door de Vermaardtse Deelen vam Klein Asia (1698). Large map includes descriptions of local commerce, agriculture, goods, naval battle at Lepanto in 1571 as well as geographic sites.
Turcici Imperri Descriptio
Abraham Ortelius, Amsterdam, 1590 (1589?)
37.1 cm x 49 cm
Colored, engraved. Annotated map with three ships in the Mediterranean and one in the Indian Ocean near Island identified as Socotra. Whales shown in the Black Sea. Caspian depicted as east/west. Lower left elaborate cartouche around title of map. Theatrum Orbis Terrarum