Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye": Early Printing of Saint-Exupery’s Le Petit Prince

Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).

SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de.

Item Number: 96584

Paris: Gallimard, 1946.

Early French printing of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, illustrated by the author. In very good condition. Accompanied by an original lp recording of the book performed by Gerard Philipe.

The Little Prince has something of Hans Christian Andersen in it, something of Lewis Carroll, and even, it may perhaps be said, a bit of John Bunyan. It is often lyrical sometimes profound However it is classified, The Little Prince has entered children’s literature, in the manner of quite a few other such hard-to-define works in the preceding centuries" (Pierpont Morgan Library). It is one of the most-translated books in the world and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Translated into 300 languages and dialects (as well as Braille), selling nearly two million copies annually with sales totaling over 140 million copies worldwide, it has become one of the best-selling books ever published. A year after the book’s publication in 1943, Saint-Exupery disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron.

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