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Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de
Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1943. Rare first printing of Saint-Exupéry's well-beloved classic, published in the midst of World War II. 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 in France by the Vichy regime along with the author's other works, and would appear there 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. LE PETIT PRINCE has the distinction of remaining one of the most-translated (and best-loved) books in any language. 9'' x 7''. Original salmon cloth stamped in red. In original unclipped ($2.00) dust jacket, with publisher's Fourth Avenue address to front flap. Text in French. 93, [1] pages. Ink owner name to front free endpaper. Moderate rubbing and wear to spine and extremities, with very slight fraying to spine ends. Jacket toned at spine and margins, with two small chips to spine and very small tears to rear panel. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Type Punch Matrix [Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.]

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