Press Release: The Prophet

The Prophet

Written and illustrated by
Jostein Gaarder

The first edition to publish Gibran’s colour illustrations alongside his original text.

‘Exquisite . . . simply a masterpiece’

Such is the universal adoration for The Prophet that only Shakespeare and Lao Tzu have outsold it,and its timeless messages continue to inspire. Gibran speaks with an honesty and purity that forges instant connections.His prose, poetry and art are firmly entrenched in romanticism and his readers have been rewarded with one of the great works of mystic poetry; a spiritual manual for life that transcends religion, language and culture. For this reason, his work is frequently shared to celebrate unions and commemorate lives: weddings and christenings the world over have included readings from the book.

After 12 years in exile, the wise man Al Mustapha is about to set sail for his homeland; his parting gift to the island inhabitants a series of poems on life’s crucial questions, including love, family, work and death. First published in 1923, translated into over 40 languages, and never out of print, Kahlil Gibran’s lyrical expression of spiritual truth has been adopted universally by people of all and no faiths.

This long-awaited Folio edition is an exquisite tribute to a literary phenomenon; the 28 verses published for the first time alongside full colour renditions of the author’s original paintings. Gibran considered himself foremost an artist and Folio has worked closely with the Gibran National Committee in Lebanon to source and carefully reproduce this spectacular collection. The poems are set in the cursive Poetica typeface, specifically selected for its clarity. A blocked binding, ribbon marker and striking metallic-blocked slipcase complete this collector’s edition.

A special gift edition, bound in blocked leather with coloured page edges and an additional marker ribbon in a blocked slipcase is also available.

Product information
Bound in blocked cloth with typography by Undt. Set in Poetica. Additional colour titles, ornaments, display text and drop capitals. 112 pages. Frontispiece,10 colour and 2 black & white illustrations. Ribbon marker. Blocked slipcase. 10¼˝ x 7½˝.

UK £39.95 US $69.95 Can $79.95 Aus $89.95
Leather Gift Edition: UK £195.00 US $295.00 Can $385.00 Aus $440.00


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