François de La Boullaye-Le Gouz was a French aristocrat and extensive traveller.
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François de La Boullaye-Le Gouz (1623 – 1668/1669?), was a French aristocrat and extensive traveller.He published a French-language travelogue, enriched with firsthand accounts of India, Persia, Greece, Egypt, the Middle East and many other places, including Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, England, Ireland, and Italy. It is considered one of the very first true travel books, in that it contains useful information for actual travellers.In 1647, he visited Viterbo and met with Italian nobleman, Federico Capponi. When he returned to Italy in 1650, Federico had died so La Boullaye met with his relative, Cardinal Luigi Capponi and dedicated the first printed edition of his work to the Cardinal . The preface includes an illustration of the adventurer presented the work to Capponi.He died in Ispahan, Iran.