French poet and writer (1900–1944) and pioneering aviator. While flying for the Free French Air Force in North Africa during World War II, he disappeared over the Mediterranean. Original vintage signed ink sketch on the reverse of a 3.25 x 5 photo of Paul Claudell; sketch depicts a winged ‘Little Prince’ standing on a cloud above the earth, soaring above two trees, a tower or steeple, and a house with a smoking chimney, and is signed across the top by Saint-Exupery. Some scattered light soiling and two lines of numbers and the name of Fleury Velay, written in an unknown hand, otherwise fine condition. First published in 1943, The Little Prince sold over 140 million copies worldwide and was voted the best book of the 20th century in France. Artwork from Saint-Exupery, particularly that of his most famous character, seldom appears on the market. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery Scarce and Detailed Sketch Little Prince