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TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptiste. [Pitt's English edition of Tavernier's map of Japan]
A Map of the Isles of Japan. London: Moses Pitt, 1680. 360 x 520mm. Narrow margins, minor repairs to binding folds on verso. A fine impression.
The first English edition of Tavernier's map of Japan, first publshed the previous year, augmented with an inset of the Gulf of Tonkin, originally a separate map in the original work. The route by land & sea from Nagasaki to Tokyo is marked. On stylistic grounds the map has been attributed to the engraver Herman Moll, making it one of his earliest works. Tavernier, a gem merchant, travelled only to China, but included a description of Japan in his account. HUBBARD: 46.
[Ref: 17526]    £4,750.00 ($6,175 • €5,311 rates)


  DECORATIVE 
 Decorative Items 

TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptiste. [17th century Illustration of diamonds]
Page. 149. A Representation of 24 the fairest Diamonds Chosen out among all those which Travels in India. Monseiur Tavernier sold to the King at his last return from the Indies, upon which Consideration, and for severall services done the Kingdome His Majesty honored him with the Title of Noble. London, 1678. 205 x 235mm. Trimmed to plate on right.
Tavernier was a 17th-century French gem merchant and traveller. Tavernier's writings show that he was a keen observer, as well as a remarkable cultural anthropologist. His Six Voyages became a best seller and was translated into German, Dutch, Italian, and English during his lifetime. The work is frequently quoted by modern scholars writing about the period.
[Ref: 17636]    £200.00 ($260 • €224 rates)


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