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Reynal & Hitchcock 1943 - larger 8vo pp. 91. "The Little Prince", first published in 1943, is the most famous work of the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944). The novella is both the most-read and most-translated book in the French language, having been translated into more than 250 languages and dialects, and selling nearly two million copies annually (with sales totaling over 140 million copies worldwide), it has also become one of the best-selling books ever published. After the outbreak of World War II, Saint-Exupery was exiled to North America. In the midst of personal upheavals and failing health, he produced almost half of the writings for which he would be remembered, including a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss, in the form of a young alien prince fallen to Earth. An earlier memoir by the author had recounted his aviation experiences in the Sahara Desert, and he is thought to have drawn on those same experiences in "The Little Prince". The first printing was in 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc. whose offices were, at that date, located at 386 Fourth Avenue, New York City, and it preceded the first edition printed in France by two years. The dust jacket shows the price of $2.00 and the Fourth Avenue address. The rose appears on page 27 and faces left. (Later Harcourt printings had the rose facing right and on page 28.) The colophon has five lines, all in italics. The cloth is salmon in color with red lettering (later printings had black lettering). The dust jacket is age-toned, with a few minor scrapes to the front and rear panels. The cloth is exceptionally clean. Overall, a near fine copy in a good plus dust jacket. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: GREENFIELD BOOKS Ltd.]
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