New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First edition. One of 525 copies of the signed first edition, this copy number 329, as numbered on the colophon and the jacket spine. Book Near Fine with clean, bright cloth and internal contents in excellent condition. Old newspaper clipping ghost to the front end papers and closed page block with very slight insect damage. The dust jacket is original to the book as per the matching spine number, but has been price-clipped and has seen better days. Several cracks and tears professionally closed on the verso with archival tissue, tape ghosts along the edges, some insect damage. Priced accordingly.
“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) Near Fine in Good + dust jacket. (Item #1818)