SAINT-EXUPÉRY, Antoine de.
Vers la vallée du Nil.
First edition, signed limited issue. This is copy number 1, the only copy in the edition printed on Imperial Japon paper, the tête-de-tirage. The whole edition consisted of 49 copies, of which 40 were printed on vélin, 8 on Vélin Chiffon Bleu, and one (the present copy) on japon imperial. The pamphlet was printed in memory of Saint-Exupéry, whose plane had disappeared off the coast of Marseilles on 31 June 1944, and is a short hitherto unpublished account by Saint-Exupéry of his crash on 30 December 1935, when he and his navigator André Prévot were stranded in the Saharan desert for four days near the Nile Delta until they were rescued by a Bedouin. Saint-Exupéry referred to the episode in his autobiographical work Terre des Hommes (Wind, Sand, and Stars in the US), which won him the Grand Prix du Roman de L’Académie française in 1939, and the National Book Award in America. The opening of Le Petit Prince was in part a reference to this experience.
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Octavo, pp. 12. Original stitched cream wrappers, titles red and black and multicoloured decoration to front cover. With the glassine jacket. An exceptional copy.