Le Petit Prince – 1st Edition, 1st Printing

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (first edition front cover)

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (first edition front cover)

I recently purchased this book from an online bookseller in New York for $16.00 + $3.99 shipping. The book description was brief and matter-of-fact, but seemed promising, so I thought I’d take a chance on it. I was expecting it to either be incorrectly listed as having the Reynal & Hitchcock publisher (in which case I could always return it), or at best I was expecting a later printing … perhaps even a stated printing that didn’t catch the bookseller’s eye. What I was not expecting was a first edition first printing with unclipped dust jacket in lovely condition. I feel a little bad for the bookseller who obviously had no idea what he had … but it certainly made my day (or at least what was left of my day after dragging myself home late from work).

unclipped dust jacket of a first edition, first printing of Le Petit Prince

unclipped dust jacket of a first edition, first printing of Le Petit Prince


First edition, first printing with salmon colored boards

First edition, first printing with salmon colored boards


Copyright page with Reynal & Hitchcock publisher and no stated printing

Copyright page with Reynal & Hitchcock publisher and no stated printing


the print defect known as the "flying crow" appears on pg. 63 (further indicating that this is a first printing and not a later unstated printing)

the print defect known as the “flying crow” appears on pg. 63 (further indicating that this is a first printing and not a later unstated printing)


Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery
Le Petit Prince/The Little Prince
The Little Prince
petite vie

petite vie


Le Petit Prince back cover

2 thoughts on “Le Petit Prince – 1st Edition, 1st Printing

  1. Hi! That’s a lovely copy of “Le Petit Prince.” I’m doing some research on this edition. Could you tell me what, if anything, is on the rear flap of the dust jacket? Thanks so much!

    • Hi Mike, thanks for your comment! The rear flap of the dust jacket is blank, while the front flap of course has the $2.00 price, excerpts of text from the book, and the Reynal & Hitchcock Fourth Avenue address at the bottom. Just let me know if there is anything else I can help with ;-)

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