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MELLING, Antoine Ignace.

Voyage pittoresque de Constantinople et des rives du Bosphore.

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Paris, Strasbourg and London, Treuttel et Würtz, 1809

This example includes proof plates of the first edition of the grandest book of engraved views of Constantinople 'one of the finest topographical illustrated books ever produced' (Koç).

Born in Karlsruhe in 1763 into a family of painters from Lorraine, Antoine Ignace Melling, studied painting and mathematics before, at the age of nineteen, travelling to the Levant as a member of the Russian Ambasador's household. In Constantinople he was fortunate to be introduced to Sultan Selim III's half-sister Hatice Sultan by the Danish ambassador Baron Hübsch. Melling worked for Hatice Sultan at her palace at Ortaköy where he designed a maze in the style of one in the garden of Baron Hübsch, and the success of this encouraged Hatice Sultan to employ Melling to create a new palace for her in the neoclassical style.

At the princess's suggestion Sultan Selim III appointed Melling as Imperial Architect, a privileged position which gave him

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First edition, 2 volumes, large folio (66.5 x 54 cm). Text volume with portrait frontispiece and vignette in gold to title, text a bit spotted as usual; atlas containing 48 double-page etched plates, proofs before letters, after Melling by Schroeder, Bertaux, Le Rouge, Pillement, Desaux, Dessaulx, Desmaisons, Duparc, Dequevauviller, Née, and others, and 3 maps; most plates with narrow band (typically 1 cm) of browning to outer margins, 2 plates with restoration to margins, 1 with restoration to engraved surface, contemporary morocco-backed marbled boards, vellum tips, rubbed.


Atabey 798-799; Blackmer 1105; Brunet III, 1591; Lipperheide LB 41; Koç, Constantinople I 214; Weber 77.

Stock ID:101053

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