Aghani al-Darwish [Songs of the Dervish]. Rashid AYYUB, or Raschid Ayoub.
Aghani al-Darwish [Songs of the Dervish]
Aghani al-Darwish [Songs of the Dervish]
Aghani al-Darwish [Songs of the Dervish]
Aghani al-Darwish [Songs of the Dervish]

Aghani al-Darwish [Songs of the Dervish]

New York: Syrian-American Press, [1928]. 8vo. Frontispiece by Kahlil Gibran. Original printed wrappers. A very good copy, internally clean, the front wrapper with large chip at fore-edge. Item #404840

FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on the front flyleaf in Arabic: "Ila Akhiy Jawaad ‘Arid [To my brother Jawaad ‘Arid] Rashid Ayyub."

This is the second of the three volumes of verse published by the Lebanese-born poet Rashid Ayyub (1872-1941) nicknamed the "complaining" or "dervish" poet. It's frontispiece is a characteristic image by Kahlil Gibran (Jubran Kahlil Jibran). As a merchant, he visited Paris and Manchester and later emigrated to New York, where he joined the romantic movement of the Mahjar ("exiled") poets, founding with other writers, al-R bi a al-Qalamiyya, the first Arab-American literary society. A scarce title, especially inscribed.

Price: $1,000.00

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