TWO SPLENDID, 66-INCH PANORAMIC VIEWS OF CONSTANTINOPLE AND THE BOSPORUS BY JOSEPH SCHRANZ, ALONG WITH 12 BEAUTIFUL FOLIO CHROMOLITHOGRAPHS WITH ADDITIONAL HAND-COLORING
(CONSTANTINOPLE) SCHRANZ, Joseph. Le Bosphore [cover title]. (Constantinople: J. Schranz and A. Percheron), [circa 1856-58]. Oblong folio (19 by 13 inches), original black blind-stamped cloth respined, renewed endpapers. $16,000.
Beautiful collection of hand-colored views of Constantinople and the Bosporus, featuring two splendid large (10 by 66 inches) folding chromolithographic panoramas of the Bosporus, each panorama consisting of four plates printed in colors and finished by hand, along with an accompanying suite of 12 lovely folio chromolithographs also finished with hand-coloring.
"Joseph Schranz was a member of the Maltese family of artists which had established itself in Malta in 1817, when the head of the family, Anton, emigrated from Bavaria. He had three sons, Antonio, Josehp and Giovanni. Joseph Schranz settled in Constantinople in about 1832 and became known for his costume engravings and his large panoramas of the environs of the city" (Atabey). The two panoramas are titled "Vue Générale du Bosphore, de Roumeli-Hissari a la Mer Noire (Prise d'Asie)" and "Vue Générale du Bosphore, de Constantinople a Roumeli-Hissari (Prise d'Asie)." They each measure 66 inches wide by ten inches tall. No letterpress (as issued). Caption text in French. This appears in the catalogue of Sefik Atabey's collection The Ottoman World as two separate works, the two panoramas as an item (1105) separate from the collection of 14 lithographed plates on 12 sheets (1107). Atabey notes that the panoramas were issued in at least two formats, one larger (10 by 66 inches) and one smaller (7 by 43 inches); the present copy is from the larger issue. Blackmer notes that Schranz worked with both Frick frères and Jacomme as printers for his lithographs; these plates were printed by Frick frères. Atabey 1105, 1107. Blackmer 1505, 1507.
Folding panoramas expertly rehinged along fold versos. Very faint hint of a dampstain to lower outer corners, not affecting panoramas. Plates clean and crisp, hand-coloring vivid. Original cloth nicely restored. A handsome and near-fine copy of this scarce work.