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Description: Fisher’s Illustrations of Constantinople and its environs. / L' Empire Ottoman illustré. Constantinople ancienne et moderne; comprenant aussi les sept églises de l'Asie mineure. Précédées d'u essai historique sur Constantinople et de la description des monumens de Constantinople et des sept églises de l'Asie mineure par M.M. Léon Galibert et C. Pellé. Première série.

Beautifully illustrated work on the history, monuments and inhabitants of Constantinople Paris, London, Fisher & Sons & Co., (ca. 1838). 3 vols. Brown cloth with gilted spine. Two different steelengraved titles, 94 engraved plates with church, mosque and palace views, interiors and oriental scenery, 2 engraved maps, after designs by Th. Allom and F. Hervé. First edition of a beautifully illustrated work on the history, monuments and inhabitants of Constantinople and it's surroundings belonging to the Ottoman empire, with plates by Thomas Allom and text by L. Galibert and C. Pellé. This work was first published in issues in English titled Constantinople and the scenery of the seven churches of Asia Minor illustrated (London, Paris, 1836-1838) by Robert Walsh (1772-1852). This English work formed the second part of the Fisher's series 'The Turkish Empire illustrated' following Carne's ''Syria and Asia Minor'' and sometimes refered to by it's engraved title which reads:'' Fisher's illustrations of Constantinople and its environs''. Walsh text was translated into German by A. Kaiser as Konstantinople und seine Umgebungen, (Leipzig, 1841) but the plates have been used in many other works including A. Barrata's Constantinopoli effigata (Torino, 1840) and the present work by Leon Galibert, Constantinople ancienne et moderne, (Paris, 1838).This work in French has a different text by different authors: L. Galibert and C. Pellé. The plates in both works (the French and the English ) are mostly after designs by Thomas Allom (1804-1872) who lived in Constantinople for 9 months in 1836-37. He was commissioned by Fisher to prepare the drawings for this work and also Carne's work for which he must have travelled extensively in Asia Minor. Other contributions to the plates are by F. Hervé.
  • Number: 1710024 (2162)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum