Johann Baptista TavernierRitter und Freyherr von Aubonne Seines Alters LXXVII Jahr MDCLXXXI.
Engraving. Printed on 17th century watermarked paper with Collector's mark verso, area 290 x 175mm (11½ x 7"). Trimmed into image on left.
Jean Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) a French traveller and pioneer of trade with India, who published an account of his travels through Persia. He is best known for the discovery and sale of the 118-carat blue diamond that he subsequently sold to Louis XIV of France in 1668. Lost during the French Revolution it is believed that it was recut as the famous 'Hope Diamond'.
Collector's mark: L.3852 (unidentified stamp also found on prints in the Musée Lorrain, Nancy, and Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam).
[Ref: 29722] £220.00