[Frankfurt: Johann David Zunner, 1691?]
Mezzotint, rare, with large margins. 270 x 175mm (10½ x 7").
Oval portrait of Hiob Ludolph (1624-1704), probably the frontispiece to Ludoph's own 'Historiam Aethiopicam Antehac Editam Commentarius', his study of Ethiopia. Ludolf , learned the Ethiopian language from Gregorius, a monk from the Ethiopian province of Amhara. He used this knowledge to research the country, even visiting England to promote a trade scheme, unsuccessfully. The modern scholar Edward Ullendorff called Ludolf 'the most illustrious name in Ethiopic scholarship'. The artist and engraver of this portrait also collaborated on a portrait of Gregorius.
[Ref: 30232] £350.00