"ON NE VOIT BIEN QU'AVEC LE COEUR": RARE SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF SAINT-EXUPERY’S LE PETIT PRINCE, ONE OF ONLY 260 COPIES, IN ORIGINAL DUST JACKET
SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Le Petit Prince. New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, (1943). Small quarto, original salmon cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom full leather clamshell box.
Signed limited first edition in French (issued simultaneously with the English, though with a smaller limitation) of Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece, number 231 of only 260 copies signed by him on the tipped-in limitation page, in the original corresponding dust jacket.
"[The name of] Antoine de Saint-Exupery… endures… because of a rather strange little book he wrote just before he died… Figuratively speaking, the tale 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, 224). Because Saint-Exupery disappeared in a reconnaissance flight over the Mediterranean in 1944, signed copies of The Little Prince, his most famous work and the last published during his lifetime, are very desirable. This signed limited first edition in French is even scarcer than the simultaneously published signed limited first edition in English, of which only 525 copies were printed. In original corresponding dust jacket, with number written at base of spine foot. Pearlman, 27. Previous owner's inkstamp to page .
Book with light soiling to lower portion of spine. Price-clipped dust jacket with usual light toning to spine and panels, minor rubbing; small stain and abrasion to spine foot affecting last three letters of publisher's imprint. A lovely and near-fine, very desirable and rare signed copy of one of the most famous children's books of the 20th century.