Title: Sand and Foam: A Book of Aphorisms
Author: Kahlil Gibran (writer and illustrator)
Publisher: Alfred A Knopf, 1926. First edition. Signed by the author, limited to 100 copies, of which this is No. 71. Impossibly rare.
Condition: Hardcover, cloth spine with hard boards. In good condition, wear overall, but firmly bound.
A book of aphorisms, poems, and parables by the author of “The Prophet” – a philosopher at his window commenting on the scene passing below.
Sand and Foam is a small but priceless collection of parables and aphorisms embellished with the author’s own mystical drawings and sketches. First published more than seventy years ago, Kahlil Gibran’s works have been translated into all major languages and continue to appeal to readers across the world regardless of their age, race, gender or creed.
About the author (from wikipedia):
Khalil Gibran (full Arabic name Gibran Khalil Gibran, sometimes spelled Kahlil;[a] Arabic: جبران خليل جبران / ALA-LC: Jubrān Khalīl Jubrān or Jibrān Khalīl Jibrān) (January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931) was a Lebanese artist, poet, and writer.
Born in the town of Bsharri in the north of modern-day Lebanon (then part of Mount Lebanon Mutasarrifate, Ottoman Empire), as a young man he immigrated with his family to the United States, where he studied art and began his literary career, writing in both English and Arabic. In the Arab world, Gibran is regarded as a literary and political rebel. His romantic style was at the heart of a renaissance in modern Arabic literature, especially prose poetry, breaking away from the classical school. In Lebanon, he is still celebrated as a literary hero.
He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi.