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. Fantastic signed ink sketch of his iconic character, drawn by Saint-Exupery on the reverse of a 3.25 x 5 photo of Paul Claudell, signed across the top, “Antoine de Saint-Exupery.” The 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. Some scattered light soiling and extremely subtle traces of professionally removed ink notations (trivially affecting the extreme left edge of the cloud and sun), 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. A highly sought after original piece of artwork of this beloved literary character. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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