Publication History
of
the Little Prince

in U.S.A.

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The Littel Prince and Le Petit Prince were published with Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc., in 1943. Later, the publisher was sued by the French publisher "Editions Gallimard" for the copyright of the book because StEx had contracted with Editions Gallimard for all of his writings.
In 1948 the court decided on the case. On that year Curtice Hitchcock died. Eugine Reynal sold his publishing company and the copyrights of the books to a publisher; Harcout Brace and Company, Inc.
In U.S.A. almost all publishers never describe the printing date on their books. We cannot know the precise date of the pressing of The Little Prince/Le Petit Prince in U.S.A.
Here I show you a table in which I guess the publishing history of the book.

As for the page arragment of the illustrations please refer Illustrations of the Little Prince in U.S.A..

Outline of the printings published with
Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc
and
Harcourt Brace, & Company

Editions from Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
1943.04.061st printing
$2.00.-
-386 Fourth AvenueReynal & HitchcockCover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Special memo: No printing number. The Rose on p.27, & so on. No English version has the "Flying Crow. "Five-lines colophon" with italic letters on the last page.
Sample number : n = 11
1943.04.xx
(≤ 1943.05.09)
-1st printing
$2.00.-
386 Fourth AvenueReynal & HitchcockCover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: May 9, 1943
Special memo: No printing number. The Rose on p.27, & so on. Flying Crow on p.63. No Frech version has the "5-lines colophon".
Sample number : n = 8
1943. 2nd printing -386 Fourth AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: "Five-lines colophon" with italic letters on the last page.
Sample number : n = 4(+2)
1943.3rd printing -386 Fourth AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: Descenber 25, 1943 in a gery cover copy
Special memo: "Five-lines colophon" with italic letters on the last page.
Sample number : n = 9(+4)
? -2nd printing386 Fourth AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: The Rose on p.27, & so on. Flying Crow on p.63.
Sample number : n = 3
?4th printing -386 Fourth AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: "Five-lines colophon" with italic letters on the last page.
Sample number : n = 5(+1)
? -3rd printing386 Fourth AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: The Rose on p.27, & so on. Flying Crow on p.63.
Sample number : n = 3(+1)
? -4th printing386 Fourth AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: The Rose on p.27, & so on. Flying Crow on p.63.
Sample number : n = 3(+1)
?
≤ 1946.07
-5th printing386 Fourth AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: The Rose on p.27, & so on. In the early 5th printing there is Flying Crow on p.63.
Sample number : n = 4(+2)
8th West 40th StreetSpecial memo: There is no Crow in the later 5th printing. (The Crow disappeared hereafter)
Sample number : n = 2
?
≤ 1946
5th printing, $2.00.- -8th West 40th StreetReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: Christmas 1946, November 1947.
Special memo: "Five-lines colophon" with italic letters on the last page.
Sample number : n = 8(+2)
?
≤ 1947
-6th printing, $2.00.-8th West 40th StreetReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: May 1947
Special memo: The Rose on p.27, & so on. There is no Flying Crow on p.63.
Sample number : n = 5(+1)
? -7th printing, $3.00.-383 Madison AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: The Rose on p.27, & so on. There is no Flying Crow on p.63.
Sample number : n = 3
?
≤ 1950
6th printing, $2.50.- -383 Madison AvenueReynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: September 1950, 1950.
Special memo: "Five-lines colophon" with italic letters on the last page.
Sample number : n = 3(+1)
Decision by the court (1948)
Reynal & Hitchicock, Inc
(merged by HB in 1948)
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
?
≤ 1951
no printing number - -Reynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: June 1951, Christmas 1952, 1954, August 1964
Special memo: No "Five-lines colophon" on this and after this versions.
Sample number : n = 8
? -no printing number8th West 40th Street (Maybe given a mismatched dust jacket by a bookstore.)Reynal & Hitchcock Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: The Rose on p.27, & so on. There is no Flying Crow on p.63.
Sample number : n = 2
Edition of Harcourt, Brace & Company/Reynal & Hitchcock, Inc
Name of Reynal & Hitchcock
only on the bottom of the spine and on the copyright page.

Copy right description was changed on 1958.
[ Of course it was the Reynal & Hitchcock, not the Harcourt Brace, Inc,
who obtained the copyright on 1943. ]
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
?
≤ 1953
no printing number, $3.75.- -383 Madison AvenueH,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: 1953
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28. Price $3.95 are painted out with black rectangle; new price $ 3.75
Sample number : n = 1
?
≤ 1953
no printing number - H,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: 1953
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 1
?-no printing No.383 Madison AvenueH,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright:1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 1
?
≤ 1958
-no printing No. H,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date: A birthday gift in 1958
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 1
1956K•7•56, $3.75.- -383 Madison AvenueH,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28. The price was changed to $3.75.- after erased $ 3.95.- by a black rectangle.
Sample number : n = 2
1957L•8•57, $3.75.--383 Madison AvenueH,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 3
1957- E•8•57, $3.95.-383 Madison AvenueH,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY REYNAL & HITCHCOCK, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 3
1959
( ≤ 1960)
M•2•59, $3.95.- -750 third AvenueH,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY HARCOURT, BRACE & COMPANY, INC.
Inscribed date: Christmas 1960
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 5
1960?no printing number-750 third AvenueH,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY HARCOURT, BRACE & COMPANY, INC.
Inscribed date:
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 3
1960?
( ≤ 1961)
- no printing No. H,B and Company Cover: Name of Cover-Color
Copyright: 1943, BY HARCOURT, BRACE & COMPANY, INC.
Inscribed date: Inscribed in a rubber stamp of a bookstore in Washington; Loaned to; Rodney Barkhurst, Condition; New , Date; 9/29/61 [returned date?]
Special memo: "The Rose" on p.28.
Sample number : n = 1
?-no printing number H,B and Company Special memo: A collection of Mr. Brian Bauld has a gray colored cover boards. $3.95.-[Many thanks to Mr. Brian Bauld.]
Harcout, Brace & Company changed his name in 1960
Revised version (?) with Harcourt, Brace and World (1961).
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
? -no printing number750 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?no printing number -750 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
? -no printing number, $4.95.-757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?no printing number -757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?no printing number -757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?W•9•68, $4.25.-, $4.95.- -757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
? -K•11•69757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
1969, the ISBN-10 was specified and opened to use (ended on 2006.12.31)
Harcourt, Brace and World started to print the ISBN
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
1970Y•2•70, -757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
1970Z•9•70, $4.50.- -757 third AvenueH,B and WorldCover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
1970Z•9•70,(AA) -757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
later than 1971DD - LL (FF: $ 5.95.-, 1975?)-757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
later than 1971-MNOPQRST757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
1982OO 757 third AvenueH,B and World Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
Harcourt, Brace and World changed the name. (1970)
The design of the cover was changed
(Illustrations were not changed)
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
1987(?)NN OO PP QQ RR -757 third Avenue, N.Y.H,B and Jovanovich Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?TT UU VV -115 Fifth Avenue, N.Y.H,B and Jovanovich Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich marged by General Cinema Corporation.(1991)
The publishing part changed the name to Harcourt Brace & Company (1993).
New versions with illustrations after Editions Gallimard.
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
1990's ? -WYZX15 East 26th Street, N.Y.H,B and Company Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?UU VV WW XX -15 East 26th Street, N.Y.H,B and Company Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?BBB CCC -15 East 26th Street, N.Y.H,B and Company Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?AAA BBB CCC -15 East 26th Street, N.Y.H,B and Company Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
?FFF HHH III GGG EEE -15 East 26th Street, N.Y.H,B and Company Cover:
Copyright:
Inscribed date:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
Harcourt, Brace and Company changed his name to Harcourt Inc., (1999).
Revised Editon (translated by Richard Howard, Pressed in Hong Kong)
Illustrations are returned back to the R & H's
Date of issue (yyyy.mm.dd)English EditionFrench EditionAddress of the publishers (in New York)Company NameCopyright, etc.
2000the 1st edition
(= A C E G H F D B)
-15 East 26th Street, N.Y.Harcourt, Inc. Cover:
Copyright:
Special memo:
Sample number : n=
2007.01.01, the ISBN-13 was opened to use

The published dates shown in the above table are not always fixed one because they were inferred from the sciribbles/notes/publisher's-code.
The address of the publishers can not identify without the flap of the dust jacket. The price and the address were printed on the flap that are sometimes lost or cut/clipped. Samples in the table are selected that are able to estimate the publishing date and have the jacket. Some items, that bring important information, are included even when they have no jackets.
An French version, which has no printing number (corresponds to 8th printing?) and is estimated to be printed in 1947, wears a jacket on which the address, 8th West 40th Street, is printed. The address is inconsistent with the sequential moving of the publishers. It is most likely that the jacket is not original one; that is, some one gave him a new jacket. Jackets are lost/discarded very often and, in rare case, books get new jackets or exchanged their jackets. I pay efforts to get redundant items to avoid an abnormal sample.

Uegene Reynal and Curtice Hitchcock established the Reynal & Hichcock, Inc. on 1933 at New York. The year before the establishment they met Saint-Exupery, separately. They asked him to write some articles for them.
Reynal & Hitchicock, Inc. was a "short-lived company"; lived for 15 years only. They did publishing very actively including the "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitter, "Mary Poppins" by Pamela Lyndon Travers, etc.

On 1948 Reynal & Hitchicock, Inc. was mereged by Harcourt, Brace and Company. The name "Reynal & Hichcock, Inc." seems likely to be kept for some years: maybe run as a subsidary company under the Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc. During former half of 1950's, Reynal & Hitchicock, Inc. issued "The Little Prince" and "Le Petit Prince" with their own name.
At least on 1953 they published a version of the book that bore their publisher's name on the spine and on the copyright page only; on other pages and on the jacket the publisher was decrared as Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc.
"Reynal & Hitchicock, Inc." seems likely to be adsorbed into the Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc. on 1957; the address was 3rd Avenue, New York. The abnormal version of the books, however, remained to be issued. I think they needed to do so in order to make the most of their publishing right that they still kept under the decision by the court.
On 1960 the Harcourt, Brace and Company cahnged their name to Harcourt, Brace and World. The name "Reynal & Hitchicock, Inc." disappeared on that year. On 1971 Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc. got a new copyright from Ed. Gallimard and issued new edition of "The Little Prince" and "Le Petit Prince", that had new illustrations after Ed. Gallimard.


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