Le Zombi du Grand Pérou ou La Comtesse de Cocagne. Pierre Corneille BLESSEBOIS.
Le Zombi du Grand Pérou ou La Comtesse de Cocagne
Le Zombi du Grand Pérou ou La Comtesse de Cocagne

Possibly the First Novel in French-Colonial Literature!

Le Zombi du Grand Pérou ou La Comtesse de Cocagne

Bruxelles: A. Lacroix Et Cie, undated (c. 1870s). 19.5x13cm: xxxiii, (4), 79pp. Limited Edition, this being No. 29 of 500 copies, with the original text published in 1697. Text in French. This copy begins with Précédé par Marc de Montifaud, pseudonym for Marie-Amélie Chartroule de Montifaud, called Les Harems Noirs ou Les Moeurs Galantes aux Colonies or Black Harems or Gallant Morals in the Colonies. Bound in green cloth boards. Red leather strip with gilt title to spine. Deckled edges. Blue and gilt marbled endpapers. Light wear to boards and edges with a few small stains. Corners and spine ends with some exposure. Leather title strip has a few scratches, but the gilt remains bright. Spine lightly sunned. Toning throughout and light foxing to some leaves. Limitation page tearing at gutter from tail and head, but intact. Very Good.

Pierre Corneille Blessebois was an arsonist, libertine, murderer, prisoner, mercenary, galley slave… and, of course, an author. Le Zombi is a memoir based on Blessebois’s exploits as an indentured servant after he was sold to the colonists of Guadeloupe. It is believed to be the first published book of literature to make use of the word ‘zombi’, preceding Robert Southey’s use by more than 100 years. Translated into English for the first time in 2015, the book is described as, “a wicked tale of lascivious lust and lunatic desires, a strange concoction of prose and verse, set in the sexual and racial hothouse of colonial Guadeloupe.” Based on Blessebois’s exile from France, some scholars believe that Le Zombi was published in the Antilles and, therefore, the first novel in French-colonial literature.

Price: $350.00

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