Alfred Knopf, 1937. FIRST EDITION, thirty-sixth printing. Very early printing, tightly bound antique copy, overall very clean internally (some lines have been lightly underlined in pencil for emphasis by former owner, they can easily be erased if so desired - but seemed like something the new owner may utilize.) Original black cloth, some stains, cover gilt titles sharp, spine cloth a bit worn in places and titles faded to spine. Vintage former owner bookplate and small light inscription. Illustrated with twelve (12) black and white full page glossy plates, including frontispiece, all reproduced from original drawings by author Gibran (Lebanese-born, 1883-1931, the third-bestselling poet in history following William Shakespeare and Laozi.) "Gibran writes with a spirit of truth that speaks directly to the heart and touches the soul, bringing the soothing beauty of truth to the most painful of lifes experiences. In a distant, timeless place, a mysterious prophet walks the sands. At the moment of his departure, he wishes to offer the people gifts but possesses nothing. The people gather round, each asks a question of the heart, and the mans wisdom is his gift. It is Gibrans gift to us, as well, for Gibrans prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the worlds great religions. On the most basic topics--marriage, children, friendship, work, pleasure--his words have a power and lucidity that in another era would surely have provoked the description "divinely inspired." Free of dogma, free of power structures and metaphysics, consider these poetic, moving aphorisms a 20th-century supplement to all sacred traditions--as millions of other readers already have. Would make a very special gift or addition to any serious book collection. Early printings such as this have also proven to be excellent investments, with the values of these antique copies continually escalating in price. 107 pages.