[Netherlands] [Johann Bevernick.] Illa Beverningki sunt ora augusta...
Engraving. Sheet 390 x 225mm, 15¼ x 9". Trimmed.
Oval portrait, with ten lines of verse by A.Lepelaer. Johann (or Jerome) Bevernink (1614-90), Dutch ambassador involved in many important treaties in the C17th. In 1654 he negotiated the peace between England & the Netherlands with Oliver Cromwell; in 1667 the Treaty of Breda, also with England; in 1667 he helped the French and Spanish sort out their differences for the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle; and, depite having retired, he was called back to duty to negoatiate the Treaty of Nijmegen, 1678-9. He was also a keen botanist: he was patron of Paul Hermann's researches in the East Indies, and Linnaeus eulogised him for introducing several exotics to Europe, including the Tropaeolum majus (Garden Nasturtium) from South America.
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