Hell's Outpost: True Story of Devil's Island W.E ALLISON-BOOTH French Guiana Penal Colony 1931 First Edition Prisoners Prisons South America


Title: Hell's Outpost: The True Story of Devil's Island by a Man Who Exiled Himself There

Author: W. E. [William Edwin] Allison-Booth
Illustrator: John Gincano

Description: First Edition. Black cloth boards with scarlet lettering. Lightly spine cocked. One page has a smudge, else clean. Woodcut illustrations by John Gincano. Dust jacket rubbed; tape repair at head of spine; not price clipped ($2.50), in a clear archival sleeve. vii, 271 pages. 7.75 x 5.25 inches. [British edition published under the title Devils Island].

A first hand account of the horrors in the French penal colony of Devil's Island in French Guiana. William E. Allison-Booth (b. 1897) was an American newspaper correspondent in China and Paris, who first visited the colony in 1925 and undertook three more visits, spending several months there. Included among the men he reports on is Paul Lamont, a former professor of languages in Europe, who was still stuck on the island after serving his forty year sentence.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good+
Jacket Condition: Very Good

Publisher: Minton, Balch & Company
Place: New York
Year: 1931

Keywords: John Gincano, French Guiana, South America, Devils Island, Devil's Island, penal colony, French colony, Paul Lamont, St. Laurent, convicts, prisons,

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