The Memoirs of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca: Taken from his Confession and Examination before the Fathers of the Inquisition at Bologna in Italy. Making a Discovery of an Unknown Country in the midst of the Vast Deserts of Africa, as Ancient, Populous, and Civilized, as the Chinese. With an Account of their Antiquity, Origine, Religion, Customs, Polity, & c. and the Manner how they got first over those vast Deserts. Interspers'd with several most suprizing and curious Incidents. Copied from the original Manuscript kept in St. Mark's Library at Venice: With Critical Notes of the Learned Signor Rhedi, late Library-Keeper of the said Library. To which is prefix'd, a Letter of the Secretary of the Inquisition, to the same Signor Rhedi, giving an Account of the Manner and Causes of his being seized. Faithfully Translated from the Italian, by E.T. Gent

TitleThe Memoirs of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca: Taken from his Confession and Examination before the Fathers of the Inquisition at Bologna in Italy. Making a Discovery of an Unknown Country in the midst of the Vast Deserts of Africa, as Ancient, Populous, and Civilized, as the Chinese. With an Account of their Antiquity, Origine, Religion, Customs, Polity, & c. and the Manner how they got first over those vast Deserts. Interspers'd with several most suprizing and curious Incidents. Copied from the original Manuscript kept in St. Mark's Library at Venice: With Critical Notes of the Learned Signor Rhedi, late Library-Keeper of the said Library. To which is prefix'd, a Letter of the Secretary of the Inquisition, to the same Signor Rhedi, giving an Account of the Manner and Causes of his being seized. Faithfully Translated from the Italian, by E.T. Gent
Year for Search1737
Authors[Berington], [Simon](1680-1755)
Tertiary AuthorsGuadentio di Lucca, [pseud.]
Date Published1737
PublisherPtd. for T. Cooper
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author
Annotation

Eutopia. Social system based on the law "Thou shalt do no wrong to anyone." This avoids legal hairsplitting. Patriarchal political system.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. as The Memoirs of Signior Guadentio di Lucca. New York: Garland, 1973, with an “Introduction” by Josephine Grieder (5-11); and in Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. 8 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997), 1: 267-411. Excerpt rpt. in The Man in the Moone and Other Lunar Fantasies. Ed. Faith K. Pizor and T. Allan Comp (New York: Praeger, 1971), 103-25. The book went through many editions with significant variations in the title. Variant editions were rpt. as The Memoirs of Signor Guadentio di Lucca . . . . Dublin, Ireland: Re-printed by George Faulkner, 1738; The Adventures of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca . . . . 2nd ed. London: Ptd. for W. Innys and R, Manby and H.S. Cox, 1748; The Adventures of Sig Guadentio di Lucca . . . . London: Ptd. for J. Richardson, 1763; The Life & Adventures of Sig Guadentio di Lucca . . . . First American Edition. Norwich, CT: Ptd. by John Trumbull, 1796 [This ed. is considerably shorter than the others]; The Adventures of Sig. Guadentio di Lucca . . . . Philadelphia, PA: Re-printed by William Conover, 1799; and The Adventures of Signor Guadentio di Lucca . . . . Baltimore, MD: Ptd. by Bonsal & Niles, 1800.

Info Notes

At the time of publication, it was attributed to Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753) and David Berman and Ian Campbell Ross. “George Berkeley and the Authorship of The Memoirs of Guadentio di Lucca.” Irish University Review 41.1 (2011): 196-201 argue that the evidence for Berington is weak and give two examples from the text that suggest that Berkeley might be the author. The attribution to Berrington is mostly based on Lee Monroe Ellison, “Guadentio Di Lucca: A Forgotten Utopia.” PMLA 50 (June 1935): 494-509. 

Title Note

Written in English.

Pseudonym

Guadentio di Lucca [pseud.]

Holding Institutions

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Author Note

(1680-1755) The name is sometimes spelled Berrington. At the time of publication, it was attributed to Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753) and David Berman and Ian Campbell Ross. “George Berkeley and the Authorship of The Memoirs of Guadentio di Lucca.” Irish University Review 41.1 (2011): 196-201 argue that the evidence for Berington is weak and give two examples from the text that suggest that Berkeley might be the author. The attribution to Berrington is mostly based on Lee Monroe Ellison, “Guadentio Di Lucca: A Forgotten Utopia.” PMLA 50 (June 1935): 494-509. 

Full Text

1737 [Berington (sometimes spelled Berrington), Simon] (1680-1755). The Memoirs of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca [pseud.]: Taken from his Confession and Examination before the Fathers of the Inquisition at Bologna in Italy. Making a Discovery of an Unknown Country in the midst of the Vast Deserts of Africa, as Ancient, Populous, and Civilized, as the Chinese. With an Account of their Antiquity, Origine, Religion, Customs, Polity, &c. and the Manner how they got first over those vast Deserts. Interspers’d with several most suprizing and curious Incidents. Copied from the original Manuscript kept in St. Mark’s Library at Venice: With Critical Notes of the Learned Signor Rhedi, late Library-Keeper of the said Library. To which is prefix’d, a Letter of the Secretary of the Inquisition, to the same Signor Rhedi, giving an Account of the Manner and Causes of his being seized. Faithfully Translated from the Italian, by E.T. Gent [written in English]. London: Ptd. for T. Cooper. Rpt. as The Memoirs of Signior Guadentio di Lucca. New York: Garland, 1973, with an “Introduction” by Josephine Grieder (5-11); and in Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. 8 vols. (London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997), 1: 267-411. Excerpt rpt. in The Man in the Moone and Other Lunar Fantasies. Ed. Faith K. Pizor and T. Allan Comp (New York: Praeger, 1971), 103-25. The book went through many editions with significant variations in the title. Variant editions were rpt. as The Memoirs of Signor Guadentio di Lucca . . . . Dublin, Ireland: Re-printed by George Faulkner, 1738; The Adventures of Sigr Guadentio di Lucca . . . . 2nd ed. London: Ptd. for W. Innys and R, Manby and H.S. Cox, 1748; The Adventures of Sig Guadentio di Lucca . . . . London: Ptd. for J. Richardson, 1763; The Life & Adventures of Sig Guadentio di Lucca . . . . First American Edition. Norwich, CT: Ptd. by John Trumbull, 1796 [This ed. is considerably shorter than the others]; The Adventures of Sig. Guadentio di Lucca . . . . Philadelphia, PA: Re-printed by William Conover, 1799; and The Adventures of Signor Guadentio di Lucca . . . . Baltimore, MD: Ptd. by Bonsal & Niles, 1800. At the time of publication, it was attributed to Bishop George Berkeley (1685-1753) and David Berman and Ian Campbell Ross. “George Berkeley and the Authorship of The Memoirs of Guadentio di Lucca.” Irish University Review 41.1 (2011): 196-201 argue that the evidence for Berington is weak and give two examples from the text that suggest that Berkeley might be the author. The attribution to Berrington is mostly based on Lee Monroe Ellison, “Guadentio Di Lucca: A Forgotten Utopia.” PMLA 50 (June 1935): 494-509. L, PSt

Eutopia. Social system based on the law “Thou shalt do no wrong to anyone.” This avoids legal hairsplitting. Patriarchal political system.