The Little Prince
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First edition. First printing in English. A just about Fine copy of the book in the correct salmon colored boards. Near Fine dust jacket priced at $2.00 and with the publisher's Fourth Avenue address. A few very short tears (no loss) at the spine ends and corners, but bright, fresh and unrepaired. The French and English editions were both released by Reynal and Hitchcock in 1943, after the author completed the work during his exile in New York.
Over the course of eight days, the mysterious Little Prince recounts the story of his brief life to an aviator stranded in the Sahara after a plane crash. A best-selling children's book from the time of its release, it also remains a philosophical and spiritual work that touches adult readers. As the Little Prince shares his observations about the worlds he has visited, including our own, we have the opportunity to reflect on the kind of people we become as we enter adulthood -- and how we might work to make ourselves and the world a kinder place. Indeed, while the Little Prince often laments the foibles and tragedies of the human world, it is in nature he finds positive truth. The Rose, the Fox, and the Snake carry important lessons about love, commitment, and the finite nature of life. Saint-Exupery, himself a World War II aviator, would tragically die in a plane crash shortly after the book's release. It stands as his lasting legacy, a work of genius. About Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5442)