Istanbul Eminonu-Fatih ... Istanbul Beyoğlu ... Istanbul and the Bosphorus - Hey’et-i Umumiye.

Istanbul: Ahmet Ihsan [but printed in Vienna: Hölzel Printing House], 1918 [but wrapper dated 1924].

Price: $12,000.00


About the item

Three color lithographed folding maps, comprising the European part of Istanbul (on two sheets, each sheet measuring approx. 43x24 inches), the Asia side of Istanbul (one sheet, approx. 43x24 inches) and a general map of the region (one sheet, approx. 43x24 inches). 3 vols. Approx. 7-1/2 x 5 inches (folded). Original brown lettered wrapper to the first map (the others loose without wrappers), wrappers a bit chipped, the map sheets in excellent condition. Erhan Oner Collection Catalog Volume IV, pages 176-191; Rumsey 10720.002, 10720.003, 10720.006 and 10720.030.

Item #353014

Necip Bey worked as an engineer and director for the cartography department in Constantinople from 1914 to 1918. "The Necip Bey maps of Istanbul are some of the most unusual maps made of the city, both in style and coverage. They show the city and region at the height of the Ottoman Empire just before World War I ... They were issued and classified in an experimental style by the Sehremaneti (city administration) and printed in 1918 in Vienna by the Hölzel Printing House. The maps were prepared by the Şehremaneti Survey Branch Manager Engineer, Necip Bey. The Necip Bey maps consist of the main folios of Eminönü-Fatih, Beyoğlu and Üsküdar-Kadıköy, as well as general maps of the countryside, the Princes’ Islands, and all of Istanbul. Prepared as a city guide, the maps were divided into regions and the street names of every region were recorded. ... The maps prepared by Necip Bey depict some important government offices, schools, mosques, churches, tekkes, mebani-i hususiye (civilian structures), fountains, Islamic and Christian cemeteries, woods, forests, gardens, parks, vegetable gardens, lakes, wells, streams, lands, farms, bridges, the old walls, tram and train lines, water routes, and city boundaries. A legend on the general map explains the symbols used in the maps" (Rumsey).