Interview with a champion collector

His name is Michael Pätel and he comes from Germany. His hobbies include travel and… collecting editions of The Little Prince in every possible language. While Michael Pätel himself tries rather to play down his achievement, it should be said that his collection now stands at over 2,000 copies. It is thanks to his frequent travel and his website that Michael has managed to collect so many copies and translations of the book.

It is no mere passion for statistics or love of possession for possession’s sake that motivates this record-breaking collector, but a fascination for the differences to be found between editions, the illustrations that may vary from one to the next.

This interview is a first encounter with Michael Pätel, a real enthusiast who is well known in the circles of Little Prince collectors.


Whether you are a collector yourself or just curious, take a look at the portraits of other collectors in the Fans section. They all love the book, but for many different reasons.


Visit Michael Pätel’s website to see what his collection contains.