The Strange Story of Gargantua [wrapper title].

(n. p. n. p., 1940). First edition. Unbound pamphlet, 11 x 8.5 inches, [8] pages. Illus. Old light vertical crease to the pamphlet; a little light general rumpling to the wrappers; a very good copy. Item #19030

A handsome pitch book or souvenir booklet for one of the great Ringing Brothers exhibitions, no doubt published for sale at the circus, the lfe and personality of a captive lowland gorilla with a varied career (freighter ship mascot; Brooklyn resident named Buddy; circus attraction renamed Gargantua), said to have saved the circus from bankruptcy after his arrival in 1938. The Virginia journalist and editor Bryan here puts together a detailed human interest story on Gargantua, including much of the gorilla’s supposed ferocity (a selling point from the standpoint of the circus): “Even when he stamps, and pounds his chest, and utters his deep ‘Huh-huh-huh!’ of pleasure, it means that he has just devised a new scheme for murdering someone or, too often, that such a scheme has nearly succeeded.” (Gargantua’s fearsome countenance was the result of an attack on his face with acid by a drunken sailor when the gorilla was young.) OCLC (4/2019) notes four locations.

Price: $150.00

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