BALBI, Gasparo

BALBI, Gasparo. 15?? — after 1590. Italian Merchant and Traveller, in the East 1579-86. He was from Venice and dealt in jewels, and therefore went to India. Started from Venice in 1579, travelled by the land route, via Aleppo, Basrah, and Ormuz to Goa, where he stayed till 1582. Then travelled in Kerala, Ceylon and Pegu. In 1586 returned through Ormuz and Baghdad. At home he was put for some months in prison, released in 1590 and was never heard more. His published diary concentrates mostly on commerce.

Publications: Viaggio dell’ Indie Orientali. Venezia 1590 and several editions, German (De Bry 1605) and Dutch (1706) translations, English summary in Purchas (1625).

Sources: U. Tucci, D.B.I. 5; Wikipedia.

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