Gianni Guadalupi was born in 1943 and worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as a writer, translator and compiler of anthologies, concentrating in particular on literature pertaining to travel, both real and imaginary. He has been editor of Franco Maria Ricci and associate editor of Ie Vie del Mondo, the magazine dedicated to travels of yesteryear published by the Touring Club of Italy, as well as editor of the series entitled Guide Inapossibili, Antichi Stati and Grand Tour, published by Franco Maria Ricci. He is the author of Dictionary of Imaginary Places (with Alberto Manguel). Guadalupi has written numerous successful books dedicated to the culture of travel; his topics include: the Jesuits in China; travels in 18th-century Persia; space travel; the Portuguese in India; 18th-century travelers to the Orient; the discovery of America; and Italian aeronautical pioneers. For White Star publishers he has written The Discover)of the Nile (1997), Treasures in Gold. Masterpieces of Jewelry from Antiquity to Modern Times (1998), China Revealed (2003), and the historical chapters of Marco Polo (2002), Sahara (2003). China. The Kingdom of the Dragon (2005), Zheng He: Tang the Epic Voyages of China's Greatest Explorer (2006), as well as the historical chapters of books belonging to the series entitled The Art of Being.