TAVERNIER, John Baptista.

The Six Travels of John Baptista Tavernier, Baron of Aubonne;


The Six Travels of John Baptista Tavernier, Baron of Aubonne;
through Turky and Persia to the Indies, during the space of forty years. Giving an account of the present state of those countries, viz. of their religion, government, customs, and commerce. As also the figures, weights, and value of the money and coins severally currant therein. The second part describing India and the Isles adjacent. Made English by J[ohn] P[hillips].
London, Moses Pitt, 1684.

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An unusual issue of the 1684 edition, confined to works solely by Tavernier; other 1684 editions include additional works by various authors.

Tavernier spent eleven months in Constantinople before setting out on his first journey. He joined a caravan for Persia in 1638 and, between 1643 and 1668, made six voyages to Persia, India, the East Indies, and Japan. During his travels he amassed a large collection of diamonds and other jewels. His successful commercial enterprise was recognised by Louis XIV and he was granted a patent of nobility for his contribution to the establishment of French trade in Asia. It was Tavernier who indicated the trade routes to the East and made it possible for others to follow him.


Folio (29 x 19 cm); 3 parts in 1 volume, [14], 184, 195-264, [6], 214, [6], 113, [1]. The first two parts, each with same title and text (printed with variant types) have the imprint ‘London: Printed in the Year 1684’, the third part (A new relation of the inner-part of the Grand Segnor’s seraglio) has the imprint ‘London, Printed, and Sold by R.L. and Moses Pitt. 1684’, 23 engraved plates and maps (as called for, several folding); contemporary calf, neatly rebacked preserving spine, morocco lettering piece.

Provenance: Gilbert Nicholson, of Balrath, Co. Meath (1620-1709), (his bookplate).


cf. Blackmer 1632; cf. Sinkankas 6504; ESTC R184885


Stock ID: 99616