Edited by Gianni Guadalupi. Texts by Alessandro Guagnino, Giacomo Casanova, William Coxe, Odoardo Montulé
1993 / 208 PAGES.
The Warsaw of the 1700s, capital of a composite kingdom holding sway over the German merchants from Danzig, the Cossacks of the Don and the bears in the Italian forests.
Covered in endless forests inhabited by buffaloes, moose, wild boars and bears, cut across by rare paths where travellers encountered suffocating dust storms or mud sinkholes according to the whims of the weather, dotted with built-up areas of huts that dared call themselves cities, and with majestic castles belonging to the tycoons who could ride for thousands of kilometres in any direction without leaving their own lands. Inhabited by the most enslaved farmers and the most opulent aristocrats in all Europe, Poland only became the destination of well-educated and curious travellers in the second half of the 18th century, when Warsaw – hidden among the forests of Masovia – became a sort of rustic Paris on the Vistula River.