Auction Date: 23/02/2019 at 10am
Ottoman Empire - Constantinople And The Scenery Of The Seven Churches Of Asia Minor by Robert Walsh Book - illustrations by Thomas Allom. Published by Fisher, Son & Co. , London and Paris. This book being a prime example of illustrated travel books of this era. This has 48 tissue guarded steel engraved plates, including the frontispiece, vignette title and map of Constantinople - collated and complete. The contents only calls up 47 plates, but this volume seems to have an additional one [Ancient archway and cavern of the Balkan mountains] that is not referenced. Plus 84 pages of descriptive text. Black leather binding with a very fancy blind embossed pattern to both boards. Size 8¾” × 11”. (Allom was an architect and topographical illustrator and founder member of RIBA. Known for his meticulous work, quite apparent in this work. The engravings herein are truly atmospheric and accomplished, taking in the 'humdrum' of everyday life, such as in the village of Babec, to the majesty of some of the building interiors such as the Mosque in Santa Sophia to the truly impressive views such as Constantinople seen from the Golden Horn).