Publisher's blue-grey cloth with illustrated dust jacket (two small repairs to foot of spine). A very rare and handsome autograph inscription by Antoine de Saint-Exupery : "Pour Malou et Jean Michel Sturm avec toute l'amitie de Antoine de Saint-Exupery [For Malou and Jean Michel Sturm with friendly good wishes from Antoine de Saint-Exupery]". This copy has a protective chemise by Julie Nadot, featuring the illustrations from the dust jacket on the covers. One morning you wake up, and you say to yourself:'it's nothing but a fairytale...
You smile at your foolishness. But deep down, you're not convinced. We all know that fairytales are the only really true things in life Saint-Exupery.It is generally known that Saint-Exupery, who left for combat before the French version of the Little Prince appeared could only inscribe - before his departure from New York - a few rare copies of the English version. During the 16 months he spent in North Africa, where his books were banned, he had only one copy, which he never len[t]... And ma[de] people read it at [his] home, in [his room] - even his closest friends. Nonetheless, two children from Algiers, unknown to Saint-Exupery's biographers, had the honor of owning this extraordinary inscribed copy of what Martin Heidegger called one of the great Existentialist books of the century.
A universal fairytale if ever there was one (the Little Prince is, after the Bible, the most-translated book in the world), this hymn to travel, friendship and childhood was considered a masterpiece right from the start. It took - in the guise of a children's story - a profound look at the tragic present, revealing a more complex philosophy on the author's part than that for which his critics gave him credit at the time. Though we don't know precisely the genesis of the character - Annabella, the actress', reading of Andersen, the gift of a box of watercolors by Rene Clair, an idea from his publisher Elisabeth Reynal, or simply the memory of his late brother - the actual writing of this tale was heavily marked by the war, by exile, and by Saint-Exupery's difficult relationship with the authorities of the French Resistance. Demobbed in 1940, the writer celebrated for.Terre des Hommes [Wind, Sand and Stars]. In 1939, sought refuge in New York where he wrote and published (in February 1942). Pilote de Guerre [Flight to Arras]. In an effort to convince American public opinion of the courage of French soldiers despite their inevitable defeat. Too Philo-Semitic for some and too defeatist for others, this story, quickly banned in France, earned him the ire of both the Petainists and the Gaullists, who forced him into inaction despite the fact that North Africa had been retaken by the Allies, opening the way for renewed armed combat. Despite an intense social and emotional life, it was with a feeling of profound solitude and being misunderstood that Saint-Exupery wrote, in 1942, the Little Prince for his publisher in New York, who had just published Mary Poppins, Eugene Reynal & Curtice Hitchcock. At the end of 1942, Saint-Exupery added fuel to the fire by broadcasting on the radio and then publishing his. Lettre aux Francais [Letter to the French People]. Which called on Frenchmen abroad and the French in France to unite against Nazism. His call for a reconciliation and a united front without exceptions against the common enemy, his refusal to judge the choices made by a people oppressed and his implied criticism of the power struggles between the combatant parties earned him the inimitable dislike of the followers of De Gaulle, who were at the time competing for power with those of General Giraud.
Accused of being overly tolerant, this radio message drew some very sharp criticism, including from a writer dear to Saint-Exupery, the philosopher and theologian Jacques Maritain. These violent attacks on the writer obscured, for his contemporaries, the profound intimacy shared by this call to arms for adults and the tale for children which appeared a few months later.Both in the spirit and in the flesh, " the absurdity of people who drew apart even to the point of fighting among themselves and the two questions "what is a spiritual inheritance worth when there are no more heirs? " and "What good is an heir if the Spirit is dead? Are all themes developed in what would be the last and most important of all his books, the Little Prince; that "little book [written] only for friends, those who understand it". The latter did not fail to read the tale in light of the manifesto and would have recognized in the wisdom of the Fox warning the Little Prince, "language is a source of misunderstanding, " the almost perfect echo of the fighter addressing his fellow-countrymen: language is an imperfect instrument. Inspired by a childlike character that Saint-Exupery doodled in the margins of his letters and notebooks and which was originally a self-portrait, the Little Prince is just as much poetic fable as philosophical testimony. In that sense, the death of the child hero of the tale, which Saint-Exupery refused to cut to the great chagrin of his publishers, would not have been alien to his stubborn nature, which sent him hurtling to his heroic and absurd death. In essence, Saint-Exupery had had only one preoccupation since his arrival in the United States, which was to obtain a commission in his former unit, Group 2-33, which he had immortalized in.
In February 1943, despite his age, despite the enmity of the Gaullists, and despite his failing health, Saint-Exupery was finally mobilized in the "Free French Air Force", formed after the liberation of North Africa by the Americans. At the start of April, on the 12. He left for Algiers, never to see America again.
It was at that point that the fate of the work and the fate of its author took permanent leave of each other. The Little Prince, which was meant to appear simultaneously in French and English in a translation by the publishers, was in the end published first in English on the 6. Was Saint-Exupery there to take part at the publication?And I send her all my deepest and oldest love, St Ex, " (the "photograph in question is the drawing of the Little Prince on the cover) [in the Jean Bonna collection]. The second was to Dorothy Barclay, Helene Lazareff's secretary, to thank her for her research on the number of stars in the heavens: he'd been absolutely mad to choose this planet! It was only nice at night when its inhabitants were sleeping... / The Little Prince was wrong. There are on the earth some inhabitants, whose bearing, kindness and generosity of heart make up for the avarice and egotism of the rest. We have found no trance of the third known copy, which belonged to Nelly de Vogue. The few more or less complete typescripts were left by Saint-Exupery in the days before his departure to his friend Nadia Boulanger, his translator Lewis Galantiere, and two others we've been unable to identify.
The original manuscript, given to his lover Sylvia Hamilton, is now in the Morgan Library, while the final drawings which served to provide the printed versions were taken by Consuelo de Saint-Exupery and are now in private hands. All these gifts and inscriptions were made in New York before Saint-Exupery left, and - aside from the manuscript and the typescripts - were all copies of the English translation. But for Saint-Exupery, who was absolutely uninterested in the translation of his book and whose English was so poor that he could not even understand the radio transmissions from control towers (the only phrase he knew, memorized by rote for the benefit of American Military Headquarters, was "I want to die for France"), the only edition that mattered was the one in French.
If he only inscribed copies of The Little Prince in English, that was because, no matter the precise date he embarked on the Stirling Castle, his leaving predated the printing and publication of the original French version, which was only put on sale 15 days after the English. Thus, it was not until he wrote to his publisher from Oudjda on the 8.June 1943 that Saint-Exupery could ask how his book was doing: I know nothing of the Little Prince I don't even know if it's come out [in French]! I know nothing at all; write me!
Sales continued at almost a 1,000 copies a week. Nonetheless, despite this success (the book ran to at least three printings before the end of the summer of 1943), the French version of the Little Prince did not manage to cross the Atlantic before the death of its author. Thus Saint-Exupery could take with him only one copy of the true.Specially printed for him in a hurry before his departure (as Henry Elkin, who made the crossing with him, recalled). He did not receive any more copies in Algeria where, because of his disagreements with De Gaulle, his books were simply banned, as they were by the Vichy government in France. He complained of this in his correspondence, especially to Nelly de Vogue: all these books coming in from America. Mine are the only ones not for sale. We know, thanks to some precious inscriptions made after his departure from the United States that Saint-Exupery took a few rare copies of his other works to Algeria. Thus he gave his own copy of. To Henri Laugier (perhaps the only trace of a friendship - fleeting - with a Gaulliste), and another copy to the Chabberts, who hosted their friend at their house in Casablanca in 1943. But there is no trace, even in these collections, of an inscribed copy of the Little Prince in French.
An episode in Saint-Exupery's life in Algiers seems to confirm that he was not able to get hold of another copy of his precious fable. Living during the whole of his stay in Algeria with his friend Doctor Georges Pelissier, in an uncomfortable room which he did not - however - want to leave for fear of offending his host - for whom he bore a profound affection - Saint-Exupery mentioned, in an argument with the former, the unique nature of his precious copy: writing to his host, he accuses him, in essence, of having lent his copy just when he wanted to give it to an English film producer. I never lent it to anyone, knowing that I would need it today and why." In the absence of this sole copy, the producer left and Saint-Exupery bitterly reproached Pelissier: "If I lose 50,000 dollars in 5 minutes, I think it's worth 30 seconds to discuss it. " Pelissier having confided that he'd borrowed the Little Prince in order to re-read it, Saint-Exupery calmed down and then apologized profoundly: "Old man, don't think I'm angry at you. If you'd lent my book to someone (given that I never lend it to anyone, it being my only copy, and make people read it at home, in my room), I would have been livid. But the fact that you took it for yourself moves me deeply. " Then, in a letter written "ten minutes later": "friends can't be bought even with billions. If you enjoy reading my book and Mr Korda has to wait and leave without it, I don't care... But I would not have lost the advantages Korda had to offer so that some no-name passerby for whom I care nothing and to whom I would not have lent my book, could read it.
Which was the source of a reflex reaction that I would never have entertained if I had thought you were "enjoying" re-reading my little book. That this close friend did not have his own copy of the most important work by his guest and that the latter indicated the importance of his book never being lent out so virulently are also proof of the extreme rarity of this work in Algiers. How is it then that the only inscription on a French language copy of the Little Prince should be to a family completely absent from biographies of Saint-Exupery?
Grounded a short time after his arrival in Algiers for having destroyed a P38 on landing because of a lack of due attention (which was becoming habitual for him), Saint-Exupery was at the time going through a period of profound despair. " It was perhaps in this context that Commandant Saint-Exupery was chosen "at random to look after the children of Marcel Sturm, who had lost his wife and two of his four children during a typhoid epidemic in 1941.Head of the Protestant Chaplaincy to the armies, Marcel Sturm undertook field visits to operational sites in Algeria and Tunisia. Also the head of a Resistance network specializing in false papers, this widowed pastor had frequent "missions", which took him away from his children Malou and Jean-Michel. Sturm and his family were to leave Algeria in 1944 to go back to France and take part in the Liberation. The pastor was then named Chaplain in Chief of the occupying French troops in Germany and charged with establishing links between the French and German Churches, which earned him an honorary doctorate from the University of Gottingen. Saint-Exupery's biography makes no mention of this foray by the pilot into "babysitting". Only the memories of the Sturm family and the inscription on this copy bear witness to this moving episode in the life of the writer. But no matter how close the obvious affection that the precious and unique inscription on this copy represents, this third printing of the Little Prince in French cannot be Saint-Exupery's personal copy.
It may have belonged to the Sturm children, without our being able to determine exactly how they themselves got hold of it. A manuscript ex libris on the first page of text with the name "Madeleine Picinbono" may, however, give us a clue. There was, in fact, a young woman of that name and the same age as Malou, living in Algiers in 1943. Did she have the tale in her possession and did she happen to give it to her schoolmate when she found out he knew Saint-Exupery? Or, did the Sturms make a present to this friend of this tale of hope, not to be had in Algeria, when they left to rejoin the front?
The final moments of Saint-Exupery's life are largely swathed in obscurity; and though the received wisdom has been for some time that he could not have signed any copies of the French version of the Little Prince aside from the justification leaves of the de luxe copies and a few extremely rare copies of the English version before he left New York, the existence of this improbable copy underlines the lacunae in our documentation of the last eight months of the life of the pilot. Thus, no one knows what became of his personal copy, from which he was never apart, after his disappearance on the 31. July 1944 at the controls of his Lightning plane. This third printing of the first edition in French is today the only known inscribed copy of.But even more than a unique inscription on a major work of world literature, this mark of affection addressed to some children who had lost their mother and sisters as "the former child" Saint-Exupery had lost his father and brother, serves to safeguard the intimate relationship of the writer and his Prince. And it is thus not far from the Little Prince's dunes of sand that the pilot, once more grounded, "tames" by a stroke of his pen this little girl and this "little boy, just like a hundred thousand other boys" and girls. The departure of his "little pal" left the writer terribly sad. His flying ban plunged the patriotic pilot into despair. In this final year of his life, it was with the children of another man fighting for freedom, inspired by the same faith in mankind and the desire to repair the broken links between peoples, that Saint-Exupery wove again a "single [link] to the world" before a hit from a Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf took him in his turn.
Just like his Prince, we can only suppose that he went back to his planet, since when the sun came up [they] did not find his body. Find 27.000 rare works on our website.
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