The Prophet

Rare Antique Edition With Original Dust Jacket

Publisher Alfred Knopf
Year 1937
Edition FIRST
Pages 107
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
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Alfred Knopf, 1937. FIRST EDITION, thirty-sixth printing. Very early printing, tightly bound antique copy, sporadic foxing and damp stains in outer margins of about 10 leaves or so, original covers with gilt titles and decoration (spine gilt legible but faded) with expected wear, former owners name, front endpage has been neatly removed. Very scarce original dust jacket, complete not price clipped, creased from having been folded. 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.)." Would make a phenomenal 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.