Popular French childrenâ€™s book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.
Since it was published in New York in 1943 in English and French is has become one of the worldâ€™s most popular ever books.
More than 145 million copies have been sold worldwide and the book has been translated into around 265 different languages and dialects.
A new biography of author Antoine de Saint-Exupery is set to be published this year as well as an edition featuring the original manuscript and an e-book containing archive drawings and special features.
To mark the anniversary the original manuscript, complete with Saint-ExupÃ©ryâ€™s famous watercolour sketches are on show in an exhibition in Paris.
Nicolas Delsalle, general secretary of the Foundation Antoine de Saint-Exupery the organisation that manages Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ryâ€™s author rights, said that the author drew on his own experiences as a pilot in the Second World War for the tale.
It tells the story of a stranded pilot in the desert who meets a young prince who has also fallen from the heavens. In a series of parables the prince recounts his adventures among the stars to the pilot.
Saint-Exupery died mysteriously during a 1944 reconnaissance mission aged 44, dying before the book was published.
A new biography by Virgil Tanase of the author is being published while an earlier book Saint-Exupery, Archangel and Writer by Nathalie des Vallieres is being reissued.
Publisher Folio is also issuing a limited edition with a booklet of 24 drawings by Saint-Exupery as well as a cartoon version.
A CD of the popular 1954 recording of the book narrated by Gerard Philippe is also available.