The copy for sale at Cazo is an original color edition of the French version of the Little Prince published in New York in 1943 by Reynal & Hitchcock.

Le Petit Prince, New York, Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943 Le Petit Prince, New York, Reynal & Hitchcock, 1943

The English edition was published two weeks before the French version. de Saint-Exupéry signed the proofs of the English edition, but for the French version these were inserted afterwards.

Translated into 103 languages, the Little Prince is the third best selling book after the Bible and The Capital by Karl Marx.

The first page of the copy for sale at Cazo features a dedication from Saint-Exupéry to Doudou Chassin, which reads: "For Doudou Chassin because his father is one of our oldest and dearest friends, and that I have the right in him (Doudou) to read this true story of participating a little in his education as an uncle Uncle Antoine."

Antoine de Saint Exupéry's dedication to Doudou Chassin Antoine de Saint Exupéry's dedication to Doudou Chassin

As well as the signed copy of the book, three drawings of the Petit Prince by Saint-Exupéry will also be part of the lot, one in black and white and one in color.

The first is of the Little Prince standing on a cloud flying over a village, which reads "Pour Doudou, Colonel Chassin on a war mission, Antoine de Saint Exupéry."

The second depicts the Little Prince sitting on a planet with a bird bearing a letter for him, which is dedicated to another of Colonel Chassin's children and reads: "For Piou Chassin, very friendly, Saint Exupéry."

Antoine de Saint Exupéry's original drawing for Doudou Chassin Antoine de Saint Exupéry's original drawing for Doudou Chassin

Autographed copies of the Little Prince are extremely rare, and this unpublished copy dedicated and accompanied by two original drawings is estimated by Cazo to sell between 80 000 and 100 000 euros ($84 675-105 840.)

Antoine de Saint Exupéry's original drawing for Piou Chassin Antoine de Saint Exupéry's original drawing for Piou Chassin

The public exhibition will be held from December 3 at Room VV 3, rue Rossini Paris 9e. A private viewings can be made by appointment at 12, rue Edmond Valentin, Paris 7e.

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