BALBI, Gasparo. 15?? — after 1590. Italian Merchant and Traveller, in the East 1579-86. He was from Venice and dealt in jewels, and went to India. Started from Venedig in 1579, travelled by the land route, via Aleppo, Basrah, and Ormuz to Goa, where he stayed till 1582. Then he travelled in Kerala, Ceylon and Pegu. In 1586 returned through Ormuz and Baghdad. His published diary concentrates mostly on commerce. At home he hailed for some months in prison, released in 1590 and was never heard more.
Publications: Viaggio dell’ Indie Orientali. Venezia 1590 and several editions, German (1605) and Dutch (1706) translations.
Sources: U. Tucci, D.B.I. 5; Wikipedia.