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[Berington, Simon]. The adventures of Signor Gaudentio di Lucca. Being the substance of his examination before the fathers of the Inquisition, at Bologna, in Italy. Giving an account of an unknown country in the midst of the desarts [sic] of Africa. Copied from the original manuscript in St. Mark’s Library, at Venice. With critical notes by the learned Signor Rhedi. Baltimore: Pr. by Bonsal & Niles, 1800. 16mo (17 cm; 6.5"). xxi, , 24–234 pp. $350.00
Originally published in 1737 under the title Memoirs of Signor Gaudentio di Lucca, this work was "[o]ften and erroneously ascribed to Bishop Berkeley" (Halkett & Laing, 2nd ed.); it is now generally attributed to Berington, a Catholic priest.
"Gaudentio," under persecution by the Inquisition, reveals his fantastic voyages through Egypt and an imaginary African land. => While constantly assuring the stern inquisitors of his staunch adherence to Catholicism, he gives elaborate, admiring descriptions of the government, religion, and customs of his African utopia, particularly its training and education of women.
The copy at hand is the last edition of the 18th century, Baltimore issue: Bonsal and Niles printed two issues, differing only in the name of the city of publication —Wilmington or Baltimore.
Evans 36946; ESTC W10143; Minick, Maryland, 560. Not in Parsons; not in Finotti; not in Bowe, List of Additions and Corrections . . . to Parsons. Publisher's sheep with modest gilt ruling on spine; spine label gone, front free endpaper loose. A few leaves starting to extrude; occasional spotting, but overall strong and good+ to very good. (37183) Please RESHELVE This.
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