SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de.

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SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de.
The Little Prince. Translated from the French by Katherine
Woods. New York, Reynal & Hitchcock,[1943]. In-4 (224 x 180 mm) of 1 f.n.ch. of proof, 91 pp., 1 f.n.ch.; salmon canvas decorated after the author, original illustrated jacket, modern case decorated after the motifs of the jacket (not signed but by Julie Nadot).
American first edition.
Illustrated by the author, it was published by Reynal & Hitchcock in New York in April 1943, in parallel with the French edition.
Limited edition of 525 numbered copies, signed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on the proof sheet (copy number 453).
"Antoine de Saint-Exupéry began writing the Little Prince in 1942 during his exile in the United States. He draws on the richness of his experiences and imagination to tell a unique and universal story. He decides to draw his character's portrait himself and creates a universe that is both unique and recognizable by all.
By telling the story of the Little Prince, Saint-Exupéry addresses major themes that he establishes according to a duality: visible and invisible, adult and child, love and friendship, travel and sedentary life, space and time, danger and destruction, signs and meanings, questions and answers, happiness and grief. Le Petit Prince was published on April 6, 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock in French and English under the title
The Little Prince" (antoinedesaintexupery.com).
Very good copy, the cover (with the price cut) is at 386 Fourth Avenue.
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