The Little Prince

by De Saint Exupery, Antoine

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a charming and philosophical novella that tells the story of a young prince who travels from planet to planet, encountering various eccentric characters along the way. Through his encounters, the prince learns valuable lessons about life, love, and human nature. The book explores themes of innocence, friendship, and the importance of seeing beyond the surface to discover deeper truths. With its whimsical illustrations and poignant prose, The Little Prince captures the imagination of readers of all ages and serves as a gentle reminder to embrace the wonders of childhood and the power of imagination.

First Edition Identification

The first edition of The Little Prince was published in New York in 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock. The American edition preceded the French or English editions, making it the sole means of obtaining a signed copy of the book. A limited number of 525 signed copies were produced, bound in salmon cloth, and stamped in maroon.

Shortly after the book's publication, the author, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, a professional aviator, disappeared during a mission for the French Free Air Force over the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, this first edition became one of the most coveted limited editions and rarely surfaces in the marketplace.

Katherine Woods translated the book from French, and the author himself provided the illustrations. The original dust jacket bears the price of $2.00 and includes the publisher's address on Madison Avenue, New York, on the lower front flap.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

The Little Prince holds immense importance as a timeless literary masterpiece and has become one of the most sought-after collectible books due to its iconic illustrations, first editions, and historical significance, captivating collectors and literature enthusiasts alike. 

As an iconic work, there are many collectible editions in fine bindings. In 2000 The Easton Press published a beautiful edition in full dark blue leather binding with pictorial onlay to the front cover. The Folio Society published in 2017 an edition with colored illustrations in two volumes housed in a slip-case, binding in blue cloth and lettered in yellow and white. 

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THE LITTLE PRINCE

by SAINT-EXUPERY, Antoine de

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New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, (1943). First Edition. Hardcover. A bright, clean copy with tears to two pages professionally and neatly repaired. About Fine in a close to Fine dustwrapper with minor, professional repairs. Antoine de SAINT-EXUPERY. First issue of this modern classic in salmon cloth with paragraph containing printing information and dustwrapper with Fourth Avenue address. The… Read more about this item
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First US Edition Thus/Later Printing
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1968
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Hardcover
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9780152465032
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New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, Inc., 1968. First US Edition Thus/Later Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. A 1968 printing based from publisher code. A nice vintage copy in tan pictorial cloth with brown type/illustration. Gift inscription to front pastedown dated 1969, otherwise clean with sharp corners and tight binding. Small bookstore sticker to bottom of rear pastedown. Jacket appears clipped… Read more about this item
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1943
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New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First Edition. Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's salmon cloth stamped in maroon, lacking the dust jacket. Near Fine with light edge wear, bump to bottom corner, former owner Christmas gift inscription to front free endpaper and vertical crease to rear free endpaper. A rather nice copy.
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New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. First Edition. Good. First edition, first printing. Bound in publisher's salmon cloth stamped in maroon, lacking the dust jacket. Very Good with bumping to corners and spine ends, large former owner name in crayon to front pastedown and owner bookplate and small abrasion to front free endpaper, otherwise a rather nice copy.… Read more about this item
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The Little Prince.** [Translated by Richard Howard.**]

by de SAINT-EXUPERY**, ANTOINE:

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UK,slim 8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn,3rd imp.[Complete number line 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4,so 1st edn,3rd imp.Originally and first published in America,in both French and English,'Le Petit Prince' by Reynel & Hitchcock,(US.,), 1943 and translated by Katherine Woods,in two editions; a trade edn and the more expensive Limited (500 copies) edn.The first UK edn, again translated by Katherine Woods,published… Read more about this item
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THE LITTLE PRINCE

THE LITTLE PRINCE

by Saint Exupery, Antoine De

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1943
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Harcourt Brace & WORLD. Very Good with no dust jacket. 1943. Hardcover. 0152465030 . First published in 1943. Translated from the French by Katherine Woods . Actual date of this early reprint is not stated. Presume late 50s. The by author books listed on the copyright page start with Night Flight and end at The wisdom of… Read more about this item
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1943
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New York: Reynal and Hitchcock, 1943. First. hardcover. Very good/Very good. Very good first edition in a very good first issue dust jacket. With the correct publisher's address (386 Fourth Avenue) on the bottom of the front flap of the jacket and the correct price ($2.00) on the front flap.Abrasion on inside of dj not showing on outside.… Read more about this item
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1943
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The Little Prince

The Little Prince

by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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1951
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Heinemann, UK, 1951. Hardcover. Good Condition/Fair. Book Reprint. Size: Large 8vo ( 9 to 11 inches). Item Type: Book. Images and Text nice and clean. Binding tight, spine fine. Mild uniform browning. Jacket quite browned, chipped at spine ends. Front image still looks very good. Previous owner's name in ink. Now protected in non-adhesive plastic wrap..… Read more about this item
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The Little Prince

The Little Prince

by De Saint-Exupery, Antoine (Translated By Katherine Woods)

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Early Bookclub Edition
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1943
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New York : Reynal And Hitchcock , 1943. Early Bookclub Edition . Beige Boards. Fair/No Dustwrapper. 9 " Tall. Antoine De Saint-Exupery. 93 Pp. Beige Boards. Early Reprint With Reynal & Hitchcock Names On Spine And Title Page. Same Interior Arrangement As First And Other Reynal Editions, But Different Than Harcourt Reprints 1950'S To Present: Colors… Read more about this item
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The Little Prince (Collector's Edition)

by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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1943
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Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943. 1st. hardcover. near fine/good. First edition. Book near fine, small hole from front cover going through to title page and then as indentation through p. 17, and another small hole just on front cover to upper right, small smudge on front free end paper. Dust jacket good, some tears and some pieces missing. … Read more about this item
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The Little Prince

The Little Prince

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1944
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London: William Heinemann, 1944. 1st UK. Hardcover. Very Good/None. Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Hardcover, peach-color cloth stamped with a red and blue illustration of the little prince being lifted by his bird kite. This is the First UK Edition, so stated on the copyright page. The US edition was published the year before in 1943. 89 pages illustrated in… Read more about this item
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The Little Prince

The Little Prince

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1943
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Harcourt, Brace & World, 1943. Very good hard cover with Very Good dustjacket, original color illustrations Translated from the French by Katherine Woods, dustjacket price $3.75, early printing with no edition stated, possible first, tan/buckrum boards, previous owner's name. Early Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Illus. by Woods, Katherine.
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The Little Prince (Wordsworth Children's Classics)

The Little Prince (Wordsworth Children's Classics)

by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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1st Edition 1st Printing
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2000
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Hardcover
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San Diego, CA New York London: Hartcourt, Inc., 2000. 1st Edition 1st Printing. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Antoine De Saint Exupery. Stated 1st Edition, 1st printing thus (No. line A,C,E,G,H,F,D,G etc.). A new translation of the classic with restored original art. Translation from French… Read more about this item
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The Little Prince.

The Little Prince.

by de Saint-Exupery, Antoine.

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1943.
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New York. : Harcourt, Brace and Company., 1943.. First American edition thus.. Decorated hard cover. . Fine copy (blank book plate on front end paper).. 4to.. Illustrated in black, white and color by the author. Very scarce in this condition.
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The Little Prince: A. de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince: A. de Saint-Exupéry

by Saint-Exupery, Antoine de

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The Little Prince

by Saint-Exupery, Antoine De

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2017
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China: Jiangsu Phoenix. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 2017. Hardcover. 7539998318 . Hardcover with dustjacket, an attractive edition published in China with color illustrations and English text, this copy includes a bookmark with the same illustration as that on the front panel of the jacket, book has a few miniscule bumps, else excellent condition, jacket… Read more about this item
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New York: Reynal & Hitchock, 1943. Translated from the French by Katherine Woods. Pp. 94, illustrated throughout in colour and black & white; f'cap. 4to; handsomely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full terracotta morocco, the spine lettered and ruled in black with 2 raised bands, upper board lettered and decorated in black with a vignette of the Little… Read more about this item
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