The Prophet.
Gibran, Kahlil.

London: Heinemann, 1926. First British edition. The first edition was published in America in 1923 by Alfred P. Knopf. Frontisportrait; eleven plates. The twelve illustrations are reproduced from original drawings by the author. Binding extremities lightly rubbed. Cloth slightly soiled. Minor fraying to crown and tail of spine. Light foxing. Remnants of bookplate on front pastedown. Small green book label of Gotham Book Mart on rear pastedown. A good copy in a blue cloth clamshell case with green and red morocco spine labels. Purple cloth, unevenly faded to blue, lettered in gilt. Octavo. [8], 118 pp. (Item ID: 16374)


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer of the New York Pen League, also known as the “immigrant poets.” He wrote both in English and in Arabic. He is chiefly known for his book The Prophet, which is an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. It has been translated into over forty different languages and has never been out of print. The Prophet was followed by The Garden of the Prophet, published posthumously in 1933. Gibran is the third bestselling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.

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