New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First edition. One of 525 copies of the signed first edition, this copy number 272, as numbered on the colophon and the jacket spine. Book Very Good + on account of two clippings affixed to the final blank leaf, with offsetting to the adjacent pages. Previous owner's name written on the half-title and "first edition, autographed" helpfully written on the front end paper. The dust jacket is original to the book as seen in the matching spine number, but has been price-clipped and is chipped at the spine ends.
“The Little Prince” is the best-selling French language book of all time, beloved around the world. It tells the story of a pilot, stranded in the Sahara, who encounters the Little Prince, visiting our world for a brief time before returning to his home planet. Unlike so many children’s books with one simple message, “The Little Prince” offers several profound insights for readers of all ages. "Antoine de Saint-Exupery, most metaphysical of aviators... has written a fairy tale for grownups. The symbolism is delicate and tenuous. It challenges man the adult, and deplores the loss of the child in man." (Contemporary review in "Time" magazine) Very Good + in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #1395)
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