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

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Le Petit Prince back cover