Publisher: Paris: P. Persan, 1824.
Edition: First edition.
Condition: Some light foxing; very good copy.
Book ID: 27081
Description12mo, modern gray paper wrappers, 176 pages.
CommentsAn interesting work of short fiction by French author and polymath Charles Pougens (1755-1833). A female orangutan on a jungle island encounters a Portuguese man, Fernandez, who gives her the name Jocko. They become friends and engage in numerous activities together, including having meals and drinking wine. She almost returns to Portugal with him, but tragically dies of a snakebite just prior to the departure. Pougens took the name Jocko from Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, and in the text are numerous references to that and other important works of travel and science, all impressively detailed in 84 pages of citations and notes following the story. Pougens’ Jocko was translated into several languages, and it had number of stage adaptations, including one ballet. And “Jocko” became a prevalent name used on stage in the 19th century for jovial primates and happy, loyal slaves.