Scarce Early Printing Investment Edition
Alfred Knopf, 1924. FIRST EDITION, third printing. Very good condition, original binding with some cover marks, gilt on cover – spine titles faded, small sticker from the legendary Brentano's Booksellers bottom of rear inside cover. 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 man's wisdom is his gift. It is Gibran's gift to us, as well, for Gibran's prophet is rivaled in his wisdom only by the founders of the world's 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. Vous ne serez pas déçu. (You will not be disappointed.)." Fantastic investment and collectible copy of one of the most sought after titles of the 20th century. First printings in similar condition currently valued in excess of $7500 – the third printing was the following year and is for all intent and purposes virtually identical. 107 pages.