[Constantinople]: [Sebah & Joaillier], ND (ca 1880). First edition. Hardcover. Oblong folio (10 1/4 x 16"). Unpaginated. Original quarter morocco over blind-stamped burgundy cloth, with gold lettering to front cover. Marbled endpapers.
Made of twelve striking albumen prints mounted on heavy card stock, accordion fold, this magnificent panoramic photographic album of Constantinople provides breathtaking views of the great buildings, monuments, and geographical features of the city.
Taken from the top of the fourteenth-century Galata Tower, the 12-part panorama looks across Beyoglu (the European side of modern-day Istanbul) and the Golden Horn toward the ancient city with its great mosques. The spectacular images also capture domestic and commercial architecture, bridges, and the bustling waterway of the Golden Horn.
The size of each print varies from 8 x 10" to 8 x 11 1/2" (total length: 8 x 130").
This series of photographs is attributed to Sebah & Joaillier, one of the most distinguished photography firms in late 19th-century Constantinople.
Head and tail of spine chipped. Some rubbing and discoloration spots along edges of binding. Sporadic and moderate creasing to prints. Binding in overall good-, interior in good to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #41799