The Adventures of Sigr. Gaudentio di Lucca: Taken from His Confession and Examination Before the Fathers of the Inquisition at Bologna in Italy.

Publisher: Dublin: Re-printed by, and for George Faulkner, 1752.
Edition: Second Dublin edition, stated "The Fifth Edition" on the title-page; the first edition was published in London in 1737.
Bibliographical References: Gove, The Imaginary Voyage in Prose Fiction, pages 295-300; ESTC T59630.
Condition: Edges gently rubbed; very good copy.
Book ID: 28099


8vo, contemporary calf, maroon leather label, gilt rules and lettering.


A celebrated utopian-philosophical imaginary voyage that went through numerous editions and translations in the 18th century. It was originally attributed to the Bishop of Ireland and prolific writer-philosopher, George Berkeley. Berington was not identified as the author until 1935. Lee Ellison in his essay on Gaudentio di Lucca in the PMLA (1935) comments on Berington’s believable, realistic narrative compared with earlier imaginary voyages: "The earlier utopias lacked concreteness . . . Berington’s Mezzorania, on the other hand, is as real as Mexico and Peru; and integrated with his philosophy and social theory is a narrative that runs the whole gamut from idyllic romance to luscious intrigue and bloody adventure." Contemporary ink signature of "Thos. Moore" on the title-page.

Price: $325.00