The MFLIBRA Antique Books Team Presents. 1963 Rare First Limited Edition #430 - La Planete des Singes (The Planet of the Apes) by Pierre Boulle. Title : La Planete Des Singes [The Planet of the Apes].
Publisher : Paris: Le Cercle du Nouveau Livre, 1963. First edition, first printing, published in the original French language; Copy number #430 of an unspecified First limited edition. PUBLISHED BEFORE THE TRANSLATIONS INTO ENGLISH AND OTHER LANGUAGES.Size : 8 " X 5.5 ". Binding : Attractive and very good original full green cloth binding with gold stamped lettering on the cover and the spine (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. Content : Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, light toning of pages - as shown). Estimate : (USD 850 - USD 1250). The book : Rare and attractive First limited edition of one of the most important books in the history of science fiction - La Planète des Singes, known in English as Planet of the Apes in the US and Monkey Planet in the UK. It is a 1963 science fiction novel by French author Pierre Boulle. It was adapted into the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, launching the Planet of the Apes media franchise. The author : Pierre Boulle (20 February 1912 - 30 January 1994) was a French novelist best known for two works, The Bridge over the River Kwai (1952) and Planet of the Apes (1963), which were both made into award-winning films.
Boulle was an engineer serving as a secret agent with the Free French in Singapore, when he was captured and subjected to two years' forced labour. He used these experiences in The Bridge over the River Kwai, about the notorious Death Railway, which became an international bestseller.
The film, named The Bridge on the River Kwai, by David Lean won seven Oscars, and Boulle was credited with writing the screenplay, because its two actual screenwriters had been blacklisted. His science-fiction novel Planet of the Apes, in which intelligent apes gain mastery over humans, was adapted into a series of eight award-winning films that spawned magazine and TV versions and popular themed toys.