With an Introductory Essay by Alice Raphael.New York, Alfred A. Knopf, 1919 Stock Code: 137326
NotesFirst edition, trade issue, of Gibran's first and only collection of drawings, retaining some parts of the rare dust jacket laid in. "For Gibran the canvas represented another form in which his poetry could be expressed... the pieces included in Twenty Drawings clearly demonstrate the mystical qualities Gibran imbued in all his works, whatever the medium" (Allen, p. 184). The collection, which includes a critical introduction by the contemporary art historian Alice Raphael Eckstein, contains works considered "to be his best visual art up to that date" (ibid., p. 184). Twenty Drawings, which was also issued in a signed limited edition, is now notably uncommon, with just five other copies of the trade issue traced at auction.
Small folio. Original brown cloth-backed cream boards, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, central roundel to front cover in gilt. With part of the dust jacket: front flap and attached panel, and part of the rear panel.
Colour frontispiece portraying the artist's mother, and 19 monochrome plates, all with captioned tissue guards.
Light wear to corners, a few spots to front board, rubbed, small tear to one tissue guard not affecting the caption. An internally clean and otherwise very good copy, with most of the jacket, front panel foxed.
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