”Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them...”
FIRST EDITION IN THE ORIGINAL FRENCH OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST BELOVED BOOKS.
The Little Prince was “published in French, with [Saint-Exupéry’s] own watercolor illustrations, as Le Petit Prince in 1943. Translated into hundreds of languages, some 150 million copies of the novella have sold worldwide, making it one of the best-selling books in publishing history.
“Saint-Exupéry believed firmly that children see the important things in life—such as the bonds of friendship and responsibility—more clearly than adults do because they see with their hearts, not just with their eyes. (‘One sees clearly only with the heart,’ says the fox to the prince in the story’s most quoted lines. ‘The essential is invisible to the eye.’) In other words, children see with awe what adults look at with cynicism, and in the conversations between the pilot and the Little Prince the former is reminded of what childhood was like. By the end of the book he has been changed totally by the encounter.
“Younger children have long loved this simple story, while older readers have been moved by its deep and multilayered message” (Cathy Lowne, Britannica).
Note: The French-language edition and English-language edition (The Little Prince, translated by Katherine Woods) were both issued in New York (where Saint-Exupery was living) in April 1943, with the English issued a few days before the French. It was not published in France until after the liberation in late 1945.
With correct first printing points: $2.00 and Reynal and Hitchcock’s Fourth Avenue address on the dust jacket; page 63 with the “mark of the raven” on the illustration.
Housed in a spectacular custom half-leather box by noted book artist Sjoerd Hofstra.
New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. Small quarto, original light brown cloth with illustration on front board, original pictorial dust jacket. With color illustrations by the author throughout. Book exceptionally fine; dust jacket with some toning (as usual), particularly to spine; rear panel with uniform toning except for rectangular patch that is not toned. A particularly nice copy of a book that is prone to wear and notoriously difficult to find in collectible condition.
Price: $4,300 .