“ALL GROWN-UPS WERE ONCE CHILDREN— ALTHOUGH FEW OF THEM REMEMBER IT”: SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. The Little Prince. Translated from the French by Katherine Woods. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1943). Small quarto, modern full pictorial brown morocco.
Signed limited first edition, number 335 of only 525 copies signed by Saint-Exupery, bound in full morocco replicating the original dust jacket design.
The name of Saint-Exupery endures "because of a rather strange little book he wrote just before he died. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince)… has something of Hans Christian Andersen in it, something of Lewis Carroll and even, it may perhaps be said, a bit of John Bunyan. It is often lyrical… sometimes profound… However it is classified, The Little Prince has entered children's literature, in the manner of quite a few other such hard-to-define works in the preceding centuries" (Pierpont Morgan Library 224). Because the author disappeared in a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean in 1944, signed copies of this, the last work published during his lifetime, are most desirable. Reid, 564.
Occasional inoffensive soiling, foxing and creasing to text. A beautifully bound copy in wonderful condition.