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GIBRAN, Kahlil.

The Prophet.

Stock Code
106907
New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1918
£6,750

A very good copy of the first edition of Kahlil Gibran's most famous prose poem, some 2000 copies printed. The book's popularity subsequently soared, and the work has been translated into 100 languages and has never been out of print. Lebanese-born poet Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) moved with his family to Boston in 1895; His first works were written in Arabic, and his first book in English The Madman was published by Knopf in 1918. The Prophet deals with many themes of human life as told through the 'prophet' Ali Mustafa. Gibran's poetry was strongly influenced by his own Maronite Christian faith as well as the Baha'i Faith (he had met Abdu'l Bahá in 1911-12) and Sufism, as well as poets William Blake and Walt Whitman, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Arabic art and European Classicism.

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Description

First edition, first printing; 8vo; frontispiece, 11 monochrome plates after the author, contemporary presentation inscription 'From George & Emily, Xmas 1923' to front endpaper (a little offsetting from press cutting loosely inserted); publisher's cloth, upper cover lettered in gilt with circular vignette stamped in gilt, top edge gilt, dulling and dust-soiling commensurate with age, lower corners slightly bumped, otherwise very good and internally near-fine.

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