Hard Cover. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Saint-Exupéry. Translated by Katherine Woods. First edition, first printing, first issue with a 5-line colophon. 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 $2.00 price to front flap and the publisher's 386 4th Avenue address to the front flap, illustration of the Little Prince on Asteroid B-612 to the panels, lettered in black and blue. Near fine with some slight rubbing to the extremities; in an unclipped jacket with toning to the spine, chipping to the spine ends with some slight loss to the lower spine. Overall, a very good copy of an exceedingly scarce book. The Little Prince is a beloved children's novella that tells the story of a little boy from the tiny Asteroid B612 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."