Nicolò Manuzzi. Edited by Piero Falchetta
1986 / 224 PAGES.
Language: Italian edition (two volumes)
A 17th-century imitator of Marco Polo, the Venetian Nicolò Manuzzi experienced several adventures in India, where he wrote a monumental History of the Mughal, lavishly illustrated here with 132 miniatures by local artists.
At the height of its magnificence, in the 17th century, the Mughal Empire attracted curious and adventurous Europeans who viewed it as a sort of Asian El Dorado. One of these travellers was the Venetian Nicolò Manuzzi: a latter-day Marco Polo who, embarking on an Eastern-bound tartan at the age of fourteen, set off on a journey he would never return from. He wished to leave the fruits of his Indian adventures to his homeland: this History of the Mughal (presented here in two volumes), wherein he collected all sorts of news and anecdotes on the exotic country that had captured his life.
The two volumes include the most vivid and interesting parts of the original text and all the illustrations Manuzzi commissioned especially for his History, published in full here for the very first time.