The Little Prince by Saint-Exupery, from the personal library of Frank Sinatra. Octavo, [93pp]. Olive cloth, title printed on spine, illustration and title on front panel. In publishers dust jacket, with $3.75 price on front flap, “Third Avenue” address for publisher, wear at edges, some loss at spine. From the library of Frank Sinatra, with estate sale tags from Sotheby’s included with the book.The first publishing company of The Little Prince, Reynal & Hitchcock, was purchased by Harcourt & Brace in 1948. The Little Prince quickly became their best selling book, but copies published by Harcourt & Brace were published after 1948. In 1960, Harcourt & Brace purchased World Publishing and changed their name to Harcourt, Brace & World. The copies published by Harcourt, Brace & World include a copyright date of 1943, but were actually published in 1960. (Firsts, Oct, 2003, Volume 13, Number 8).
Comments: Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was an actor, singer, producer and political supporter. He is considered by many to be the “greatest singer of the 20th Century.” In 2018, Sotheby’s auctioned off part of the estate of Frank Sinatra’s wife, Barbara Sinatra. This collection included numerous pieces from their homes in Los Angeles, Malibu and Palm Springs.