First English edition of The Wisdom of the Sands by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Octavo, xii, 350pp. Red cloth, title in gilt on spine. Stated “First Published 1952” on copyright page. Solid text block, former bookseller’s label affixed to front endpaper, a near fine example. Top edged dyed red. In publisher’s dust jacket, price clipped front flap, bright illustrations, a touch of wear to the tips of the spine, a near fine example.
While best remembered for his classic novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), Saint-Exupéry was also an aviator and member of the French Air Force.