Ioh. Bapt. Tavernier.Ritter u. Freyherr von Aubone, Geb: zu Paris 1605 gestorb: zu Moskau 1698.
[German.] [n.d. c.1810.]
Stipple with large margins. Plate 140 x 89mm (5½ x 3½").
Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1698) the French diamond merchant, traveller and pioneer of diamond trade with India. 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; this was stoel in 1792 and re-emerged in London as the Hope Diamond. He travelled a lot around the Middle East, in particular Persia. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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