Brown "leather" w/gilt lettering and decoration. Spine very lightly faded. Text clean, tight, white, no marks. "Soon after publication of the original Arabic of Spirits Rebellious at the turn of the century, considerable agitation and intrigue developed. The book was publicly burned in the Beirut marker place by furious church and state officials who adjudged it poisonous, and fiercely dangerous to the peace of the country. Gibran was quietly pursuing painting with his friend Rodin in Paris when he learned of the ceremonial destruction of his book, and he merely expressed the thought that it was excellent cause for the issuance of a second edition. ".