The Pearle Fishery near Toute Couryn, copper engraving from Johan Nieuhoff's 'Voyages and travels, into Brasil, and the East-Indies'.
London: Printed for Awnsham and John Churchill, 1704-1732. Copper engraved view of the Indian Coromandel coast pearl fishing port, Tuticorin or Thoothukudi. A numbered key at the upper left describes the various buildings and people including; "Governors house", "a Heap of Pearle Oyster Shells", "Marchants of divers Nations", and "Tents where all sorts of provisions are sold while ye Pearle Fishery Continues".
A view of the coastline showing pearl fishermen unloading oysters in front of the provision tents, as traders look on. European buildings and many boats pulled up along the shore recede into the distance. From Awnsham & John Churchill's "A Collection of Voyages and Travels", engraved by Johannes Kip. Image 14 1/2 x 11", on paper 19 1/4 x 14". Two small chips at left edge. Strong impression, bright and clean. Very good condition. Item #21951