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Released January 1, 1970

£150.00

An immediate sensation upon its publication in 1969, Papillon is a vivid memoir of brutal penal colonies, daring prison breaks and heroic adventure on shark-infested seas.


Condemned for a murder he did not commit, Henri Charriere, nicknamed Papillon, was sent to the penal colony of French Guiana. Forty-two days after his arrival he made his first break for freedom, travelling a thousand gruelling miles in an open boat. He was recaptured and put into solitary confinement but his spirit remained untamed: over thirteen years he made nine incredible escapes, including from the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island.

Book Condition & Notes

A very good first edition, in the original binding. A previous owner's name is written inside the front cover, and there is some minor wear to the spine. In a good, unclipped dust jacket, with small chips missing to the top and bottom of the spine, some wear to the corners, and a small tear to the top of the back cover.


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Henri Charrière

Henri Charrière was a French writer, convicted as a murderer by the French courts.

He wrote the novel Papillon, a memoir of his incarceration in and escape from a penal colony in French Guiana. While Charrière claimed that Papillon was largely true, modern researchers believe that much of the book’s material came from other inmates, rather than Charrière himself. Charrière denied committing the murder, although he freely admitted to having committed various other petty crimes prior to his incarceration.

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Book Condition & Notes

A very good first edition, in the original binding. A previous owner's name is written inside the front cover, and there is some minor wear to the spine. In a good, unclipped dust jacket, with small chips missing to the top and bottom of the spine, some wear to the corners, and a small tear to the top of the back cover.


Professionally Packed

All of our books that a have dust wrapper are covered in clear protective, removable film and are packed professionally in bubble wrap and a box for shipping so that they reach you in perfect condition.