StampNews.com is glad to inform that Poland Post has released a special stamp to commemorate Count Jan Potocki – a Polish ethnologist, Egyptologist, linguist, traveler, adventurer and popular author of the Enlightenment period. The issue was put into circulation on the 25th of June.
Most Western readers have never heard of Count Jan Nepomucen Potocki; indeed, his singular masterpiece was only translated into English in 1995, some 180 years after it was completed. However, here in Poland he remains a household name, achieving no small share of celebrity during his own lifetime, a celebrity which he has sustained in the nearly two centuries since his death.
Potocki's immortality is due as much to the endurance of his strange, supernatural novel The Manuscript Found in Saragossa as it is due to the mystery and intrigues of his life – and the bizarre circumstances of his departure from it. The Saragossa Manuscript (as it is also known) is therefore that rare work of literature, the story of which is inextricably entwined with that of its author, each giving the other more speculative potency.