Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Lyon, 1900 – South of Marseille, 1944)

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Precious autograph manuscript (75 lines of almost indecipherable handwriting), undated [1938] by the French writer and poet. Numerated in front I and II by the writer himself, these two pages are covered with lines of a small, tightly written and difficult to read, as Saint-Exupery wrote for himself this first draft manuscript, which he used in chapter VII of his famous collection of autobiographical essays ‘Terre des Hommes’, evoking a series of events in his life, mainly from the time he worked for the Aéropostale (Air postal service), the central element of this story being his accident with his navigator André Prévot (1907-1947, mechanic of Saint-Exupery) in the Libyan Sahara in 1935, where the two men almost died of thirst. As this manuscript is a preparatory draft, it contains many variants compared to the definitive text, here is an excerpt : “Tel est le désert. Un Coran, qui n’est q’une règle de jeu, en change de sable en Empire. Au fon d’un Sahara qui serait vide, se joue une pièce secrète, qui remue les passions des hommes. La vraie vie du désert n’est pas faite exodes de tribus à la recherche d’une herbe à paître, mais du jeu qui s’y joue encore. Quelle différence de matière entre le sable soumis et l’autre! Et n’en est-il pas ainsi pour tous les hommes? En face de ce désert transfiguré que me souviens des jeux de mon enfance…”. 2 full pages on thin yellow paper. In fine condition.