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SOLD - Vintage book Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Early Original French Edition 1946, world-famous fable

SOLD - Vintage book Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) by Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Early Original French Edition 1946, world-famous fable

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

If you asked a person on the street whether they've read this work, they'd likely say yes. If you asked them if they loved it, they'd likely say the exact words above: "There is no other book like this one."

It is widely acknowledged across the world and generations that "Le Petit Prince" or as I know it in English "The Little Prince" is a masterwork unlike any other--past, present or future. And I can say future with absolute confidence, because there can be no other story like this one, at least not exactly. There is a subtle surrealism to the landscape of the tale, the main character relatable and yet otherworldly, the plot unpredictable and gently moving from one poignant moment or quote to the next like a river, soft and beautiful and yet churning, making your heart and mind churn with it.

The author cemented his place in history with this book, and here are a few quotes to illustrate why (before I even GET to the illustrations!) :

--"Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."
--"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

--"Les grandes personnes ne comprennent jamais rien toutes seules, et c'est fatigant, pour les enfants, de toujours et toujours leur donner des explications."
--"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."

--"C'est véritablement utile puisque c'est joli."
--"It is truly useful since it is beautiful."

--"'Où sont les hommes ?' reprit enfin le petit prince. 'On est un peu seul dans le désert.'
'On est seul aussi chez les hommes', dit le serpent."
--"Where are the people?" resumed the little prince at last. "It's a little lonely in the desert..."
"It is lonely when you're among people, too," said the snake."

And one of the most beloved, I've come to learn (and rightly so) is this:

--"Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
--"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

Breathe. Wow. Right?

...okay one more for fun, to show that the book is nonsensical and sensical at once, and just to share one of my favorites -- "Quand on veut un mouton, c'est la preuve qu'on existe." ("If somebody wants a sheep, that is proof that he exists.").

It manages to somehow sound wise and stupid at the same time. It's genius.

Now, the illustrations. No illustrator could have been paired with this author and his story other than this one; of that I am certain. That is because the author and the illustrator are the same man.

The author's talents and imagination just knew no bounds! The man's pictures could form a book in themselves with no words, a picture-book that would capture the reader to the same degree as the accompanying story, so that it would sweep the world away without them ever knowing the truth of the Little Prince and his wanderings and wonderings in verse, but only in visuals.

Luckily, we have both the drawings and the writings together. The writer and illustrator met one day (not sure which was first, maybe they were always there within him at the same time, I'd like to think so) and these two passions came together, erupted maybe, and spilled out to form "Le Petit Prince."

If you haven't read it, if you haven't seen it with your eyes and taken it in with your soul, you are commanded to do so: now.

Most importantly, I think even if you don't speak French, as I don't, owning this book in the French language is something every fan should do, as it is the original wording the book was composed in, and so the physical book stands as a testament to the man who created it, a symbol of the work rather than one you would take out to read (unless you understand French).

I'd argue owning this book and not speaking French is just as important as having any other book on your shelf you can take down and actually read, because of the book's colorful, stylish, transcendent and signature artistry, and because it symbolizes--in a sense--its very self.

I guess I'm trying to say The Little Prince is the type of book that exists and in its existence is profound. It's an object you want to own in its first form when it made its debut, or when in another term, it was "born."

It's curious and wonderful. It seems like it came from another world, in fact, and you will only understand this once you read it. So read it; buy it in English of course, but account for your love of it in another way, in the best way you can -- by rescuing and owning this old edition, too. :)

And here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full title: Le Petit Prince
-Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery
-Illustrator: Antoine De Saint-Exupery (the book notes below the title "avec les dessins de l'auteaur" which translates to "with the author's drawings")
-Format: Hardcover, early edition, full color illustrations throughout, light blue cloth boards and dark blue binding, title and author upside down (for Americans) on the spine in gold, thin gold line separating cover and binding on the front. Matte endpapers.
-Condition: The book is in prime condition with no writings, markings, rips or stains aside from one or two age spots on it, and hardly an fraying at the ends and corners. It holds together tight and well, is completely readable, and with only a fading to the light blue cover to tell of its being an old copy, you might it think it was new. :)
-Publisher: nrf (La Nouvelle Revue Française), Gallimard
-Copyright: Librarie Gallimard, 1946
-Date published: 1946
-Provenance: Okay, the place I got this was smelly. It didn't smell, exactly, but I can't think of another word to describe it -- think of a smelly place, and you'll be looking at this place in your mind. It is a used bookshop in the middle of nowhere (truly, in the middle of nowhere on a residential street in a small no-name sort of town you drive through before you realize you're in it) with the books held in a finished but still very old and sort of broken-seeming garage behind a perfectly beautiful looking normal colonial house (the kind in Connecticut you often see on such streets) and I only found out about it from an online search that I was convinced hadn't been updated and was lying to me. Still, I was in the area so I figured I would check to see if the place still existed, and I found out it did. You just had to knock on the front door of the house, ask the little old lady to let you into the garage, and wait for her son or grandson (not sure) to come in and tell you where things were, generally, as they weren't really organized. There was hardly stepping room, and despite the general "smelliness" of the place (again, it didn't smell, it just reminds you of one of those places that absolutely, definitely would, because it seemed like it hadn't been cleaned in--well, ever) but DESPITE ALL THIS, I went in and looked through the books and found they were all in good shape and not damp or moldy or anything, and spent about two hours there just searching and searching until I forgot entirely where I was. I left with more books than I could carry, and the feeling of having accomplished a lot in a strange situation that I did not expect to happen that day or in that way. I probably will never go again (I scoured the place pretty thoroughly, and if you can tell, lol, I'm not exactly fond of it even after the success I had in finding books there) but I left happily, and most happily because I had found this book. No dust jacket, no engraving on the front, a faded spine I'd hardly glanced at, and it was in a section of foreign language books I had no idea how to read, but I had found it. Mainly this was because I was looking for books in Gaelic, which are extremely hard to find but are my one and true love because I do actually speak the language (somewhat) from having studied it in both my undergrad at UConn and in Ireland on study abroad. I would have bypassed the section entirely if I didn't sense there was something there, something I should check out, maybe something Gaelic that was just waiting for me to find it. Instead, I found this. :))))))))))))))))
-Pricing: I priced this book based on the comparative prices of other editions, my not being able to find this exact edition anywhere. There are many that are more than this, many that are less, some with dust jackets and some without, some in terrible condition, some in great condition, etc. Most listings (in fact all of this copy, of which there are only a few) come with no pictures and no description. In short, there are all types of editions of this book, so pricing this one would likely be hard, but I found it strangely easy. The book almost speaks for itself in declaring its worth, and this edition especially as it was printed only 3 years after the first edition, making it earlier than most out there today. :) <3
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

If you asked a person on the street whether they've read this work, they'd likely say yes. If you asked them if they loved it, they'd likely say the exact words above: "There is no other book like this one."

It is widely acknowledged across the world and generations that "Le Petit Prince" or as I know it in English "The Little Prince" is a masterwork unlike any other--past, present or future. And I can say future with absolute confidence, because there can be no other story like this one, at least not exactly. There is a subtle surrealism to the landscape of the tale, the main character relatable and yet otherworldly, the plot unpredictable and gently moving from one poignant moment or quote to the next like a river, soft and beautiful and yet churning, making your heart and mind churn with it.

The author cemented his place in history with this book, and here are a few quotes to illustrate why (before I even GET to the illustrations!) :

--"Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux."
--"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

--"Les grandes personnes ne comprennent jamais rien toutes seules, et c'est fatigant, pour les enfants, de toujours et toujours leur donner des explications."
--"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."

--"C'est véritablement utile puisque c'est joli."
--"It is truly useful since it is beautiful."

--"'Où sont les hommes ?' reprit enfin le petit prince. 'On est un peu seul dans le désert.'
'On est seul aussi chez les hommes', dit le serpent."
--"Where are the people?" resumed the little prince at last. "It's a little lonely in the desert..."
"It is lonely when you're among people, too," said the snake."

And one of the most beloved, I've come to learn (and rightly so) is this:

--"Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.
--"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

Breathe. Wow. Right?

...okay one more for fun, to show that the book is nonsensical and sensical at once, and just to share one of my favorites -- "Quand on veut un mouton, c'est la preuve qu'on existe." ("If somebody wants a sheep, that is proof that he exists.").

It manages to somehow sound wise and stupid at the same time. It's genius.

Now, the illustrations. No illustrator could have been paired with this author and his story other than this one; of that I am certain. That is because the author and the illustrator are the same man.

The author's talents and imagination just knew no bounds! The man's pictures could form a book in themselves with no words, a picture-book that would capture the reader to the same degree as the accompanying story, so that it would sweep the world away without them ever knowing the truth of the Little Prince and his wanderings and wonderings in verse, but only in visuals.

Luckily, we have both the drawings and the writings together. The writer and illustrator met one day (not sure which was first, maybe they were always there within him at the same time, I'd like to think so) and these two passions came together, erupted maybe, and spilled out to form "Le Petit Prince."

If you haven't read it, if you haven't seen it with your eyes and taken it in with your soul, you are commanded to do so: now.

Most importantly, I think even if you don't speak French, as I don't, owning this book in the French language is something every fan should do, as it is the original wording the book was composed in, and so the physical book stands as a testament to the man who created it, a symbol of the work rather than one you would take out to read (unless you understand French).

I'd argue owning this book and not speaking French is just as important as having any other book on your shelf you can take down and actually read, because of the book's colorful, stylish, transcendent and signature artistry, and because it symbolizes--in a sense--its very self.

I guess I'm trying to say The Little Prince is the type of book that exists and in its existence is profound. It's an object you want to own in its first form when it made its debut, or when in another term, it was "born."

It's curious and wonderful. It seems like it came from another world, in fact, and you will only understand this once you read it. So read it; buy it in English of course, but account for your love of it in another way, in the best way you can -- by rescuing and owning this old edition, too. :)

And here are the straight details you may be looking for:

-Full title: Le Petit Prince
-Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupery
-Illustrator: Antoine De Saint-Exupery (the book notes below the title "avec les dessins de l'auteaur" which translates to "with the author's drawings")
-Format: Hardcover, early edition, full color illustrations throughout, light blue cloth boards and dark blue binding, title and author upside down (for Americans) on the spine in gold, thin gold line separating cover and binding on the front. Matte endpapers.
-Condition: The book is in prime condition with no writings, markings, rips or stains aside from one or two age spots on it, and hardly an fraying at the ends and corners. It holds together tight and well, is completely readable, and with only a fading to the light blue cover to tell of its being an old copy, you might it think it was new. :)
-Publisher: nrf (La Nouvelle Revue Française), Gallimard
-Copyright: Librarie Gallimard, 1946
-Date published: 1946
-Provenance: Okay, the place I got this was smelly. It didn't smell, exactly, but I can't think of another word to describe it -- think of a smelly place, and you'll be looking at this place in your mind. It is a used bookshop in the middle of nowhere (truly, in the middle of nowhere on a residential street in a small no-name sort of town you drive through before you realize you're in it) with the books held in a finished but still very old and sort of broken-seeming garage behind a perfectly beautiful looking normal colonial house (the kind in Connecticut you often see on such streets) and I only found out about it from an online search that I was convinced hadn't been updated and was lying to me. Still, I was in the area so I figured I would check to see if the place still existed, and I found out it did. You just had to knock on the front door of the house, ask the little old lady to let you into the garage, and wait for her son or grandson (not sure) to come in and tell you where things were, generally, as they weren't really organized. There was hardly stepping room, and despite the general "smelliness" of the place (again, it didn't smell, it just reminds you of one of those places that absolutely, definitely would, because it seemed like it hadn't been cleaned in--well, ever) but DESPITE ALL THIS, I went in and looked through the books and found they were all in good shape and not damp or moldy or anything, and spent about two hours there just searching and searching until I forgot entirely where I was. I left with more books than I could carry, and the feeling of having accomplished a lot in a strange situation that I did not expect to happen that day or in that way. I probably will never go again (I scoured the place pretty thoroughly, and if you can tell, lol, I'm not exactly fond of it even after the success I had in finding books there) but I left happily, and most happily because I had found this book. No dust jacket, no engraving on the front, a faded spine I'd hardly glanced at, and it was in a section of foreign language books I had no idea how to read, but I had found it. Mainly this was because I was looking for books in Gaelic, which are extremely hard to find but are my one and true love because I do actually speak the language (somewhat) from having studied it in both my undergrad at UConn and in Ireland on study abroad. I would have bypassed the section entirely if I didn't sense there was something there, something I should check out, maybe something Gaelic that was just waiting for me to find it. Instead, I found this. :))))))))))))))))
-Pricing: I priced this book based on the comparative prices of other editions, my not being able to find this exact edition anywhere. There are many that are more than this, many that are less, some with dust jackets and some without, some in terrible condition, some in great condition, etc. Most listings (in fact all of this copy, of which there are only a few) come with no pictures and no description. In short, there are all types of editions of this book, so pricing this one would likely be hard, but I found it strangely easy. The book almost speaks for itself in declaring its worth, and this edition especially as it was printed only 3 years after the first edition, making it earlier than most out there today. :) <3

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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