Hard Cover. New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Saint-Exupéry. First edition, first printing, first issue, with the crow illustration to page 63. 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 the publisher's 4th Avenue address to the front flap, illustration of the Little Prince on Asteroid B-612 to the panels, lettered in black and blue. About near fine with light rubbing to the extremities, some scattered spotting to lower edge, contemporary former owner inscription to front endpaper, offsetting at half title page from laid in newspaper clipping; in an unclipped jacket with light toning to spine and some mild chipping at the corners. Overall, a very good and attractive copy. This first edition in French is considerably scarcer than the English translation. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) is a beloved children's novella that tells the story of a little boy from the tiny Asteroid B-612 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. Le Petit 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 as The Little Prince with Katherine Woods' translation and in the original French. Translated into over 250 languages and selling nearly 2 million copies per year, Le Petit 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."