Courrier Sud; Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de.$3,200.00
Item Number: 83461
Paris: Gallimard, 1931.
Early printing of Saint-Exupery’s first novel. Octavo, bound in contemporary cloth. Presentation copy, lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In near fine condition.
Courrier sud, translated as Southern Mail and Southern Carrier, is the first novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Encouraged by the publication of his short story The Aviator, Saint-Exupéry followed up with this work based on his pioneering flights for the French airmail service. A structured novel, it has three sections, the shorter outer sections being set in the heat and daylight of the Sahara Desert, the long central section in France at night and in pelting rain. The story thread consists of an investigation into the disappearance of an aviator in the Sahara. The novel was adapted into the 1937 French film Courrier sud directed by Pierre Billon.