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Prophet - GIBRAN Kahlil - 1923. 
1923 - GIBRAN, Kahlil. The Prophet. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923. Octavo, original black cloth gilt, uncut and partly unopened. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $7200.Scarce first edition of Gibran's classic prose meditation on love and life."Gibran was that rare phenomenon, a mystical philosopher, and a mystical philosopher who was also a poet; a mystical philosopher who expressed himself with a flowing perfection of language that can only be termed biblical, and with a depth of insight and wisdom that harks back to the most profound occult lore of the East" (New York Times). Gibran's lyrical masterpiece, one of the most influential works of the 20th century, was one of the first books he wrote in English. It enjoyed a tremendous resurgence in the 1960s and 1970s, taking its place alongside such texts as The Catcher in the Rye and Catch-22 as a countercultural cornerstone. Illustrated with 12 collotype plates by Gibran. Without scarce original dust jacket, as usual. Gift inscription dated 1924.Interior clean and fine. Cloth lovely, gilt on front board bright; a few small, stray abrasions to boards. An attractive and near-fine copy of an elusive first edition. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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