This is to announce that a book in Dutch language is published about a lost panoramic Map of Istanbul from 1616 .
Title: EEN PANORAMA VAN CONSTANTINOPEL IN HET HUIS TE HEEMSTEDE VAN ADRIAAN PAUW (A LOST PANORAMA OF CONSTANTINOPLE IN THE HOUSE HEEMSTEDE OF ADRIAAN PAUW)
writers : Hans Krol en Mehmet Tütüncü
Series: CORPUS OF TURKISH ISLAMIC INSCRIPTIONS nr.24
Hardcover, oblong format, 46 pages ISBN 978-90-6921-28-5
Upon his arrival in Istanbul in 1612 Cornelis Haga, the first appointed ambassador of the Netherlands to the Ottoman Empire, received a
warm welcome. The treaty which was signed in the same year set out the trade and diplomatic relations between the Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Seven Provinces of the Netherlands.
In those years, while the Netherlands were striving for independence from the Spanish Empire of the Habsburgs known as the 80 Years’ War, they gained the support of the Ottoman Empire and thus the foundation of strong relations was laid, which lasted for centuries.
Cornelis Haga, who settled in Istanbul, corresponded with the Netherlands and constantly informed his country about the Ottoman Empire. Dutch government officials who were curious about the appearance of the city requested a great panorama painting of Istanbul. Haga sent a huge painting to the Netherlands which was painted by a well-known artist. A letter which was written by Haga was sent on 1st of October 1616. with the painting. He wrote “ With the ship called White Arend which goes to Amsterdam, I am sending you the completely accurate paint of Istanbul which is painted under my patronage. When the painting arrived, it was to be delivered by my brother Johan Haga.”
We do not have information about the painting and its dimensions. The only thing that we know is that the painting was hanging on the wall of the Constantinople room of the Castle Heemstede. It was built in 1620 by Adrian Pauw, the general secretary of the Dutch National Council (Raadpensionaris) in the village of Heemstede, which is located 50 km from the capital city of the Hague, the administrative centre of the Netherlands. Some of the writings on the rooms of this castle, which was destroyed due to neglect in 1810, were kept in the archives. It is stated that the painting was sent by Cornelis Haga. . In this book you will find the story of the making, disappearance of this painting and a reconstruction of its contents.
Book is written in Dutch language, richly illustrated, with an English and Turkish summary.
Some sample pages can be downloaded
for ordering via Publisher:
SOTA / Research Centre for Tukish and Arabic World