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Gibran, Kahlil.  The prophet. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1926. Square small 8vo (25 cm, 8.25"). 84 pp., 12 plates; illus.
$10,000.00

Gibran was born in Lebanon in 1883 and emigrated to the U.S. with his mother and siblings in 1895. His best-known work is The Prophet, a collection of philosophical, spiritual, mystical, and inspirational poetic essays that have been treasured by generations around the world since being first published in September, 1923. Its illustrations "are reproduced from the original drawings by the author."
        Inscribed copy: "With the kindest thoughts of Kahlil Gibran[,] 1926."
        Provenance: Christmas gift inscription reading, "For my friend Cecile from Barbara Young, Christmas, 1926." Barbara Young was the pen name of Henrietta Breckenridge Boughton, an American art and literary critic in the 1920s and a poet; she served as Gibran's secretary from 1925 until his death, revised and published his book The Garden of the Prophet, and published a study of his life (This Man from Lebanon).

Publisher's black cloth; gilt faded, top of spine pulled with small loss. Corner of one leaf torn away. Else a very nice copy of => a book not often found inscribed, and with a provenance that goes straight back to the inscriber.  (40911)   Please RESHELVE This.


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