Press Release: Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Pierre Boulle

Translated by Xan Fielding
Introduced by Frans de Waal
Illustrated by David de las Heras

‘Part of the strength of the material is its disruptive, questioning nature. Who came first? Where are we going?’
tim burton

Holding up a mirror to humanity, this sci-fi masterpiece poses pertinent ethical questions while sending readers on an action-packed intergalactic adventure. First published in 1963, Planet of the Apes spawned a global media franchise including several television remakes and an Oscar®-nominated film. This stunning new edition from The Folio Society returns Pierre Boulle’s story to its literary roots with the definitive translation by Xan Fielding.

Set on the idyllic-looking planet of Soros, the story follows three astronauts who leave Earth in the year 2500. Initially ecstatic to find a lush biosphere with human inhabitants, Ulysse and his fellow travellers are shocked to discover that the pathetic human population is ruled by an intellectually superior civilisation of apes. The apes are cultured, educated and technologically advanced… yet they hunt humans for sport, subject them to scientific experiments and keep them in captivity.

Accompanying the story is a specially commissioned introduction by world-renowned primatologist Frans de Waal, who unpicks the unnerving reality of Boulle’s moral allegory within our own world.

These terrifying scenes are electrified by David de las Heras’ bold and dramatic artwork. This new edition includes a total of seven incredible illustrations that inject the reader even further into Boulle’s dark narrative. Beautifully bound and slipcased with a gorilla in military attire on the binding, this is the ultimate edition of Pierre Boulle’s seminal classic.

Product information
Quarter-bound in blocked cloth with printed paper sides. 7 full-page colour illustrations, including 2 double page spreads. Set in Sabon with Avant Garde Gothic display. 192 pages. Plain slipcase. 9½˝ x 6¼˝

UK £34.95 US $44.95 Can $65.00 Aus $75.00






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