The Six Voyages of Jean Baptiste Tavernier


Jean-Baptiste Tavernier (1605‒89) was one of the most renowned travelers of 17th century Europe. The son of a French Protestant who had fled Antwerp to escape religious persecution, Tavernier was a jewel merchant who between 1632 and 1668 made six voyages to the East. The countries he visited (most more than once) included present-day Cyprus, Malta, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. In 1676 he published his two-volume Les six voyages de Jean Baptiste Tavernier (The six voyages of Jean Baptiste Tavernier). Presented here is the first edition of the book, which was published in Paris by the firm of Gervais Clousier. The complete title and subtitle of the book read: Les six voyages de Jean Baptiste Tavernier, écuyer baron d’Aubonne, en Turquie, en Perse, et aux Indes, pendant l'espace de quarante ans, & par toutes les routes que l’on peut tenir: accompagnez d'observations particulieres sur la qualité, la religion, le gouvernement, les coûtumes & le commerce de chaque païs, avec les figures, le poids, & la valeur des monnoyes qui y ont cours (The six voyages of Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, baron of Aubonne, through Turkey into Persia and the East-Indies, over the course of forty years, and by all possible routes, illustrated with particular observations on the quality, religion, government, customs and commerce of each country, with images, weight, and value of the currencies of each of them). An abridged and very imperfect English translation of the book appeared in 1677. The first modern scholarly edition in English was published in 1889.

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G. Clousier, Paris


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Les six voyages de Jean-Baptiste Tavernier

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2 volumes : illustrations ; 25 centimeters

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