THE MADMAN: His Parables and Poems (Signed First Edition)

First published work in English of Gibran, the third best-selling poet of all time.
THE MADMAN: His Parables and Poems (Signed First Edition)

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1918. First edition. Gibran's very rare first published work in English. Complete with 71 pages of text and 3 plates made from original drawings by the author. Signed and dated by the author in the year of publication (1918) and additionally inscribed by author Julia Ellsworth Ford, "Her friend, my friend, from Julia Ellsworth Ford."

"Julia Ellsworth Ford was a New York socialite, art collector and patron, and author of children's books. She was married to Simeon Ford, a financier and co-owner of the Grand Union Hotel in New York. Ford presided over a salon that included the Lebanese mystic Kahlil Gibran, Irish poet W. B. Yeats, and American dancer Isadora Duncan." (Taken from Yale's Beinecke Library description of her papers.)

Book Very Good on account of some coloring and repair to the board edges, one illustration tipped back in and the text block expertly tightened. Two previous owner's names and some marginal notes written in pencil. The introduction to the English-speaking world of one of history's most influential poets; third in all-time sales behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu. Extremely rare when signed or inscribed by the author.
Very Good (Item #1556)

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