Antique maps and prints of Turkey

For sale below is a selection of beautiful antique landscape prints, illustrations and antique maps of Turkey. If you are looking for a particular location or cartographer, try the search box on the right hand side or feel free to contact me as I have many more in stock.

To read about prints, views and antique maps of Turkey, click here.

Antique maps of Turkey

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Landscape prints and illustrations of Turkey


About prints, maps and views of Turkey

From the period of the Conquest of the Byzantine Empire in 1453 to the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920, the Ottoman Empire consisted of European and Asian Turkey.

Turkey in Europe
Turkey in Europe consisted of 195,000 square miles of territories in the northern Mediterranean and Balkans, with a population in 1820 of 8 million people.

Turkey in Asia
Turkey in Asia consisted of 494,290 square miles, encompassing most of what is now called the Middle East, with a population in 1820 of 12 million people.

Turkish dominions in Africa stretched from the frontiers of Tunis, along the western shore of the Red Sea to the frontier of Abysinia, inland to Tripoli, Fezzan, Barca, and Egypt.

Russia gained the right to maintain a fleet in the Black Sea after two wars 1768-1792. In the 19th Century the Ottoman Empire was weakening. Russia supported the rise of Nationalism with the independence of the former Ottoman provinces of the Slav people of the Balkans. Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria achieved Autonomy. It is in this period of time that Julia Pardoe (1804-1862) prolific, versatile writer from Yorkshire, travelled with her father Major Thomas Pardoe to Turkey. She had a deep knowledge of the people, manners, and conditions, and together with the artist and illustrator W.H.Bartlett produced The Beauties of the Bosphorus in 1839. There are many examples of the illustrations.

Britain, France, Austria and Russia tried to take advantage of the potential crumbling of Turkey. In 1826 Mahmud II abolished the Janissary corps, and established a modern Army. The Western powers feared that under the pretext of defending the Orthodox Christians (treaty of Kuchuk Kainarji 1774), Russia would continue to expand South.
This led eventually to the Crimean War (1853-1856) See Battles.

The Treaty of Sèvres abolished the Ottoman Empire, and obliged Turkey to renounce all rights over Arab Asia, and Africa.

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Items guaranteed over 100 yrs old unless marked.