“THE BEST DESCRIPTION OF FLIGHT IN PRINT”: SAINT-EXUPÉRY’S VOL DE NUIT, ILLUSTRATED WITH 20 STRIKING ENGRAVINGS BY JOSSO
SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de. Vol de Nuit. [Night Flight.]. [Paris]: Maurice Gonon, . Folio, contemporary three-quarter black morocco, patterned boards and endpapers, uncut; original paper wrappers bound in. $1800.
First edition illustrated by noted French artist C.-P. Josso, number 84 of 150 copies, with 20 beautiful engravings, very beautifully bound.
Vol de Nuit, “the novel he had written on scraps of mismatched paper all over South America and whittled down to 180 pages on the Riviera that spring, was published in Paris in October 1931. The reviews were glowing… On both sides of the ocean Saint-Exupéry was hailed as a classicist… In 1932, when the novel was published in America, it was greeted as ‘an enduring modern classic’… the best description of flight in print, a distinction it arguably holds still today” (Schiff, 205). “One of the first and best novels of action or rather a prose poem in which the mystique of the airman makes its appearance” (Connolly, Modern Movement 68).
A sumptuous production in fine condition.