Engraving on watermarked paper, late impression. 140 x 100mm, 5½ x 4".
Portrait of Jan Huyghen van Linschoten (1563-1611), a Dutch traveller and writer, whose 'Itinerario', a collection of information gathered while working with the Portuguese in Goa, broke their monopoly on the trade routes to the Far East. His suggestion of approaching the East Indies from the south of Sumatra through the Sunda Strait allowed the British and Dutch East India Companies to reach the Spice Islands without Portuguese intervention. He also travelled with Willem Barentsz into the Arctic Circle, again publishing an account. The portrait was originally published in the 1590s.
[Ref: 29725] £160.00