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The Little Prince
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock 1943 - Illustrated by Saint-Exupéry. Translated by Katherine Woods. First edition, first printing, first issue. Publisher's pictorial pale orange cloth, with an illustration of the Little Prince to the front board in burgundy, lettered in burgundy; in the original first issue dust jacket, with the publisher's 4th Avenue address to the front flap, illustration of the Little Prince on Asteroid B-612 to the panels, lettered in black and blue. Book with just a touch of light wear, former owner's inscription to the front free endpaper, else fine; unclipped dust jacket, with minor nicks to the spine ends, some toning to the spine and panel edges. Overall, a very good and pleasing copy. The Little Prince is a beloved children's novella that tells the story of a little boy from the tiny Asteroid B-612 who falls to Earth and meets a pilot who has been stranded in the desert, based loosely on Saint-Exupéry's own experience in the Sahara Desert. The text is complimented by the author's watercolor illustrations, which add to its dreamlike quality. The Little Prince was first published in the United States while Saint-Exupéry, a native of Lyons, was living in self-imposed exile in North America after France signed an armistice agreement with Nazi Germany. The text was published simultaneously in English with Katherine Woods' translation and in the original French under the title Le Petit Prince. Translated into over 250 languages and selling nearly 2 million copies per year, The Little Prince is indeed, as the dust jacket proclaims, one of the "few stories which in some way, in some degree, change the world forever for their readers." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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