“IT IS ONLY WITH THE HEART THAT ONE CAN SEE RIGHTLY; WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IS INVISIBLE TO THE EYE”: FIRST EDITION OF SAINT-EXUPERY’S LE PETIT PRINCE
SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de. Le Petit Prince. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1943). Small quarto, original salmon cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition in French of Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece, published the same year as the first in English.
“Figuratively speaking, the tale has something of Hans Christian Andersen in it, something of Lewis Carroll, and even, it may be perhaps 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 preceding centuries” (Pierpont Morgan 224). Le Petit Prince is “[a] gentle duet, [an] engaging exchange between two very different personalities who were, of course, both sides of Saint-Exupery: the disillusioned, skeptical and lonely pilot, and the innocent, otherworldly Little Prince” (Pearlman, 29). Published in salmon cloth and with no colophon on the final page. See Pearlman, Firsts 13:8, 22-29. Owner signature. A few neat ink annotations to pages 52 and 53.
Book about-fine, with only slightest soiling to extremities of cloth. Dust jacket with shallow chipping to spine ends, a bit of wear and toning, mainly to extremities. An extremely good copy.