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The French blue : a novel of the 17th century

Author: Richard W Wise
Publisher: Lenox, Mass. : Brunswick House Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st ed
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"Between the years 1630-1668, the French gem merchant, Jean Baptiste Tavernier made six voyages to Persia and India. His true exploits by land and sea go far beyond the ink and paper exploits of fictional adventurers. Tavernier met and did business with some of the world's most powerful princes and romanced some of the most beautiful women. Sometime during his last voyage, Tavernier acquired a magnificent 116 carat  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard W Wise
ISBN: 9780972822367 0972822364
OCLC Number: 436031198
Description: ix, 567 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: by Richard W. Wise.

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"Between the years 1630-1668, the French gem merchant, Jean Baptiste Tavernier made six voyages to Persia and India. His true exploits by land and sea go far beyond the ink and paper exploits of fictional adventurers. Tavernier met and did business with some of the world's most powerful princes and romanced some of the most beautiful women. Sometime during his last voyage, Tavernier acquired a magnificent 116 carat blue diamond. Upon his return to France, he sold the diamond to Louis XIV, for the equivalent of 147 kilos of pure gold. The Sun King made him Baron of Aubonne. The remains of Tavernier's blue gem is known today as the Hope Diamond, but for the first 200 years of its history it was called simply The French Blue."--Amazon.com.

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What a joy!

by gemiwse1 (WorldCat user published 2020-03-04) Excellent Permalink

Wow! I just finished reading The French Blue on my Kindle. What a joy it was! I had expected it to be about gems, but didn't realize it was going to make Jean-Baptiste Tavernier...
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