Rare signed limited first edition of Saint-Exupéry's well-beloved classic.
Fine in near fine jacket.
"He was only a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But I have made him my friend, and now he is unique in all the world."
Beautiful copy of the author-aviator's finest work, classed as a children's book by common consent but full of sad wisdom and subtle philosophy for readers of every age and history who have the sensitivity to tell a man's hat from a boa constrictor digesting an elephant. Published simultaneously in French and English in the U.S. and composed during Saint-Exupéry's residence in New York, THE LITTLE PRINCE was banned by the Vichy regime along with the author's other works, and would appear in France only after his death. In the same month it was published, Saint-Exupéry joined the Free French forces to resume his work as a reconnaissance pilot, and was lost in action in 1944. THE LITTLE PRINCE has the distinction of remaining one of the most-translated (and best-loved) books in any language.
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1943). 9'' x 7''. Original tan boards, stamped in red. In original price-clipped pictorial dust jacket.  pages. Edition of 525 signed copies of which 500 were for sale; this copy no. 183. Publisher's 4th Avenue address on front flap. Five-line colophon. Signed and numbered by Saint-Exupery below limitation statement. Faint offsetting to endpapers. Minor wear to extremities. Jacket flap clipped as noted; spine moderately sunned and edges toned.
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