1799 · Philadelphia
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.
Gaudencio, under persecution by the Inquisition, reveals his fantastic voyages and travels 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.
Provenance: Pastedown with contemporary bookplate of James Butler.
Evans 35183; ESTC W10142. Not in Parsons; not in Finotti; not in Bowe, List of Additions and Corrections . . . to Parsons. Contemporary sheep, missing pieces of leather from front cover and top and bottom of spine; spine with nice old red leather gilt label and front cover reattached using Japanese long-fiber method. Silverfish or roach damages to front free endpaper, fly-leaf, and title-page (costing small, small portion of two letters); damage also to lower outer corners of early leaves and upper inner area of leaves to p. 10 of preface with none of this impairing the reader. Age-toned, variable browning and foxing (sometimes dark), occasional brown spots; an "old book" of the classic sort. (Inventory #: 37157)