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PROPERTY OF PRINCESS SAFINASE

Melling, Antoine Ignace
VOYAGE PITTORESQUE DE CONSTANTINOPLE ET DES RIVES DU BOSPHORE. PARIS: TREUTTEL ET WÜRTZ, 1819
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PROPERTY OF PRINCESS SAFINASE

Melling, Antoine Ignace
VOYAGE PITTORESQUE DE CONSTANTINOPLE ET DES RIVES DU BOSPHORE. PARIS: TREUTTEL ET WÜRTZ, 1819
Estimate
15,00020,000
LOT SOLD. 20,000 GBP
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Melling, Antoine Ignace
VOYAGE PITTORESQUE DE CONSTANTINOPLE ET DES RIVES DU BOSPHORE. PARIS: TREUTTEL ET WÜRTZ, 1819
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, large folio (655 x 507mm.), text with half-title, title with gold printed tughra and engraved frontispiece of Sultan Selim III, and list of plates at end, atlas with 48 double-page engraved views by Duparc, Schroeder, Née, Dupréel, Dessaulx, Marillier and others after Melling, PROOF PLATES BEFORE LETTERS, and 3 engraved maps and plans, contemporary green morocco-backed marbled boards, flat spines gilt, a few text leaves browned, some marginal waterstaining, atlas with some marginal waterstains, bindings worn
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Literature

Atabey 799; Blackmer 1105; Brunet III, 1591; Lipperheide 1431; Weber I, 77

Catalogue Note

FROM THE LIBRARY OF PRINCESS SAFINASE, GRANDAUGHTER OF SULTAN ABDUL HAMID II (1842-1918). THE GRANDEST BOOK OF ENGRAVED VIEWS OF CONSTANTINOPLE WITH FINE IMPRESSIONS OF THE PLATES IN PROOF STATE BEFORE LETTERS.

Melling (1763-1831), having studied architecture and painting, went to the Levant at the age of nineteen and remained in Constantinople for eighteen years. In 1795 he was charged by the Sultan's daughter to renovate her palace at Ortakeui. He was consequently granted access to the Sultan's palaces, including the Harem, Melling's sketches of which provided the earliest interior views. Having completed various projects for Selim III, Melling returned to Paris in 1803.

A prospectus for Voyage pittoresque appeared in 1804, but production did not start until 1809 and was not completed until 1819 after the appearance of the thirteenth livraison. The outstanding success of the exhibitions on which the work was based earned Melling the title of Painter to the Empress Josephine.

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