An exhibit in Ankara examines the publication history of ‘The Little Prince’


An exhibition that examines the history of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous storybook “The Little Prince” with different editions of the work has opened at the Zülfü Livaneli Cultural Center in the Turkish capital Ankara. Le Petit Prince, or “The Little Prince” in French, written in 1943 by French novelist de Saint-Exupéry, holds the record for the most translated book in the world with 488 different languages ​​and dialects.

The exhibition, titled “World’s Little Prince Books”, organized by book fans Yıldıray Lise, Kazım Inal and Mehmet Sobacı, will remain open until February 3. The exhibit details the process of publishing the book since 1943 and also features various publications in rare languages, extinct languages, artificial languages, different languages ​​from the “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” universes, Morse code, braille for the visually impaired as well only interesting editions like 3D versions that can only be read in a mirror.

A different edition of “The Little Prince” from the “World’s Little Prince Books” exhibition, Ankara, Turkey, January 3, 2021. (AA)

In addition, visitors will also have the opportunity to take a “posting adventure” journey with detailed information.

75 editions

Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Sobacı, who is also a lecturer in the Department of Communications at Ankara University, said that the first Turkish edition of “The Little Prince” was published in 1953 .

He also noted that he has over 400 editions of “The Little Prince” and added that 75 versions of the book will be on display at the center.

A Turkish edition of

A Turkish edition of “The Little Prince” from the “World’s Little Prince Books” exhibition, Ankara, Turkey, January 3, 2021. (AA)

Lise said he has been collecting editions of the book since 2008 and added that he gave them all to the “Little Prince Book Museum” which they established in a high school in Eskişehir province.

Recommending people to read the book before visiting the exhibition, he said that they would have the opportunity to better understand the “Little Prince” universe.

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