2 Uberti fictional journey, the Middle East Virtual Book Fair 10


Description: Dantesque account of a fictional journey, including travels through the Middle East

UBERTI, Fazio degli.
Opera di Faccio Degliuberti Fiorentino chiamato ditta mundi. Vuolgare.

(Colophon: Venice, Cristoforo Penso [and Luca Antonio Giunta], 4 September 1501). 8vo. 19th-century half morocco, gold-tooled spine, marbled sides, gilt edges. With Luca Antonio Giunta's woodcut device on title-page. [267], [1 blank] ll.

Second edition of Uberti's (1302?-1367?) Dantesque account of a fictional journey around the world. Book 5 tells about his travels in Africa and the Middle East. Most of it takes the form of a dialogue between the author and the Dominican friar Ricoldo da Monte di Croce, who spent most of his life in the Middle East. First Ricoldo recounts the life of Mohammed and gives a few remarks on Muslim faith. He also discusses the Quran and mentions the Book of the Ladder, an early text based on a famous passage from the Quran, recounting the story of Mohammed's journey into the afterlife, guided by the Angel Gabriel.
With library stamp on title-page. Some underscoring, a few wormholes, occasional browning, a repaired tear and a few stains. Despite this defects still a good, attractive copy.
Adams U-10; ICCU RMLE 027047; USTC 861518.
  • Number: 1060450
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum