Count Jan Potocki was a Polish nobleman and writer. Outside of Poland, he is chiefly known for his novel, The Manuscript Found in Saragossa. In Poland, however, he is a somewhat legendary figure known for his exploits as a traveller, adventurer, linguist, Egyptologist, ethnologist, and popular author of the Enlightenment period. He was also a Captain of Engineers in the Polish Army.
Most of The Manuscript Found in Saragossa and one of Potocki’s travel memoirs were published post-humously, after his suicide.