“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": Signed Limited Edition of Saint-Exuperys The Little Prince; One of 525 Numbered Copies
The Little Prince.
Saint-Exupery, Antoine De.$20,000.00
Item Number: 99850
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
Signed limited first edition, one of 525 signed numbered copies, this is number 66. Signed by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A very sharp example.
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. Saint-Exupery's lyrical treasure has entered childrens literature, in the manner of quite a few other such hard-to-define works in the preceding centuries" (Pierpont Morgan Library). A year after the books publication in 1943, Saint-Exupery disappeared over the Mediterranean while flying a reconnaissance mission for his French air squadron, making this signed limited very desirable.
Other Books by this Author
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1953.
Bibliotheque de la Pleiade edition of this collection of Saint-Exupery’s works including Le Petite Prince and Courier Sud. Small octavo, original full leatherette. Preface by Roger Caillois. Very good in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition with a small chip to the front panel.
Lausanne: L'Abbay du Livre, 1946.
Early edition of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s second novel, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot. Octavo, original wrappers as issued, In very good condition.
"With all my esteem and all my friendship": Inscribed by Saint-Exupery to Close Friend and the Father of American Intelligence Bill Donovan
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1942.
Signed limited edition one of 500 copies, additionally inscribed by Saint-Exupery. Octavo, original half leather, gilt titles to the spine, top edge gilt. Additionally inscribed on the half-title page (translated from the French), “For Colonel Donovan, With all my esteem and all my friendship. Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” The recipient William Joseph “Wild Bill” Donovan was an American soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat. He is best remembered as the wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II. He is also known as the “Father of American Intelligence” and the “Father of Central Intelligence.” The CIA regards Donovan as its founding father, according to journalist Evan Thomas in a 2011 Vanity Fair profile. In the article Thomas observed that Donovan’s “exploits are utterly improbable but by now well documented in declassified wartime records that portray a brave, noble, headlong, gleeful, sometimes outrageous pursuit of action and skulduggery.” A statue of him stands in the lobby of the CIA headquarters building in Langley, Virginia. A veteran of World War I, Donovan is the only person to have received all four of the United States’ highest awards: The Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal. He was also a recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart, as well as decorations from a number of other nations for his service during both World Wars. Translated from the French by Lewis Galiantiere. Illustrations by Bernard Lamotte. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1949.
Early edition of Saint Exupery’s philosophical memoir and a winner of several literary awards. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. In very good condition. Period ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Laid in is a period international mailing stamp.
“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-Exuperys Le Petit Prince
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 most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart": First Edition of Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
First edition, first printing with the proper address on front jacket flap and printing statement on last page of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece, which precedes the first edition in French. Translated from the French by Katherine Woods. Small quarto, original salmon cloth, illustrated by the author. With the five-line colophon on the last page. Near fine in an excellent dust jacket with some rubbing to the extremities with the $2.00 price present and the publisher’s address as 386 Fourth Avenue on the front flap. A nice example.
Courrier Sud, Vol de Nuit, Terre des Hommes and Pilote de Guerre; Each Lengthily Inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Paris: Librarie Gallimard, 1931-42.
Early printings of Saint-Exupery’s first four books. Octavo, four volumes bound in contemporary cloth. Each volume lengthily inscribed by Antoine de Saint-Exupery on the half-title page. In the author’s first novel, Courrier Sud, “Pour Madame Stokes, Avec le hont que j’eprouve a signer ce pache de jeunesse. Et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” In his second novel, Vol de Nuit, which deals with his experiences as an airmail pilot, “Pour Madame Stokes, cher que’on retrouve une atmosphere de France en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” In his third novel, Terre des Hommes, which went on to win the Grand Prix of the Académie Française, “Pour Madame Stokes, en souvenir d’une epoque recuse ou la Terr des Hommes etait en pix et en respectueux hommages Antoine de Saint- Exupery.” And, finally, in Saint-Exupery’s Pilote de Guerre, his memoir of his role in the French Air Force as pilot during the Battle of Paris in 1940, “Pour Madame Stokes, ces souvenirs d’une pilot de ligne change en Pilote de Guerre et en hommage respectueux, Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” Each volume is in very good condition. An exceptional collection.
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart": Finely Bound First Edition of Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince
New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943.
First edition, first printing of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece, which precedes the first edition in French. Translated from the French by Katherine Woods. Small quarto, bound in full modern full pictorial brown morocco, all edges gilt, illustrated by the author. With the five-line colophon on the last page. In fine condition. A stunning example.
First Editions of Lord Skidelsky's Monumental Biography of J.M. Keynes; Each volume inscribed by Him
John Maynard Keynes: Hopes Betrayed 1883-1920; The Economist as Savior 1920-1037; Fighting For Britain 1937-1946.
London: Macmillan, 1983-2000.
First editions of each volume in the author’s acclaimed biography on J.M. Keynes. Octavo, 3 volumes, original cloth, illustrated. Inscribed by the author in each volume. Each are near fine with the dust jackets that show only light wear.
"The adventure is over. Everything gets over, and nothing is ever enough. Except the part you carry with you:" Rare First Edition of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Signed by E.L. Konigsburg
New York: Atheneum, 1967.
First edition of the author’s Newbery Award-winning novel. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by E.L. Konigsburg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Rare in this condition and signed.
"Like all Israelis, I yearn for peace. I see the utmost importance in taking all possible steps that will lead to a solution of the conflict with the Palestinians": First Edition of Warrior: An Autobiography; Inscribed by Ariel Sharon
New York: Simon & Schuster, 1989.
First edition of Sharon’s autobiography. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Inscribed and dated by Ariel Sharon on the half-title page. Laid in a lecture announcement by Sharon. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lawrence Ratzkin.
New York: Wiley, 1995.
First edition of this “indispensable resource for anyone who is serious about investing” (Claude Erb). Octavo, original black cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the editor on the front free endpaper, “For William- For MBA and beyond. Best regards- Peter Bernstein.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket.