Jean Baptiste Tavernier Escuier Baron D'Aubonne, Age de LXXIV Ans, 1679.De Paris, a Delly, du Couchant a l'Auroure,/ De fameux Voiageur courit plus d'une fois [...]
A Paris chez ted. hain sur le petit pont à l'echarpe blanche.
Engraving, sheet 240 x 180mm (9½ x 7"). Trimmed inside platemark and glued to backing sheet.
Jean Baptiste Tavernier (1605-1689) French adventurer 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'. Stated here as 'from the life' by the engraver Johann Hainzelman but elsewhere said to be after a portrait by Nicolas de Largillière.
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