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Gibran Khalil The Prophet

Gibran Khalil The Prophet

Limited edition of 45 numbered copies in English.

Is The Prophet a collection of the best pieces of advice and wisdom on how to live to be happy? how to love to be loved? how to work to be fulfilled? Or is it something much more?Gibran The Prophet. Collectible books.

There is a reason why Gibran is said to be one of the most widely-read author in the world right behind William Shakespeare and Lao Tsy and The Prophet, right behind Bible, one of the best-selling book in the USA.

Paper: artistic cotton paper
Hand-binding: leather, brown and black leather inlays, unique design, inimitable patterns
Graphics: 8 linocuts signed by the author, Sławomir Chrystow, and 28 initials, both hand-pressed on mulberry Xuan paper, which has a 1000-year guarantee; the initials were decorated, using the Ebru technique
Graphic design: Urszula Kurtiak
Size: approx. 25 x 25 cm (9 x 9 in)

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Every copy is delivered in a protective slipcase. Decorative leather or wooden slipcases (or boxes) are ordered additionally and custom-made.

Every copy of this edition of The Prophet by Khalil Gibran is different and one-of-a-kind. The printing on cotton Italia Amber paper and the traditional handmade binding are both the work of artists at Kurtiak & Ley Artistic Publishing House. The value of the book has been enriched by 8 linocuts signed by the author and hand-pressed on everlasting mulberry Xuan paper, which has a 1000-year guarantee. This series, entitled Our Journey, is a creation of Sławomir Chrystow. Moreover, this edition features 28 linocuts at the beginnig of every chapter. The initials have been hand-pressed on mulberry Xuan paper and decorated, using the Ebru technique.

 

Muhammad Al Ali Astron Arabe

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The first edition

25 numbered copies

Abay

Abay Kunanbayev “Abay”

 

Writings of the most famous and important Kazakh poet, philosopher and composer, Abay Kunanbayev, collected, printed on artistic paper, leather hand-bound and published by Kurtiak & Ley Artistic Publishing House contain advice and truths addressed to the Kazakhs regarding morality, need for literacy and social development.

Abay collector's edition collectible leather binding hand-madeThe book is written in Kazakh language. The binding is designed in the spirit of Kazakh national art – rich silver ornaments, precious stones and light leather.

Collector’s edition. Size: A4.

The issue consists of 50 specimen (only one left).

Hand-binding: light leather (ecru), rich silver ornaments and precious stones.

Paper: different kinds of artistic paper, silvery tracing paper.

St. John of God – Letters

Letters of St. John of God

1000 copies printed on hand made paper
Format: 22 x 14 cm

Letters of St. John of God

The first edition in 1000 copies printed on hand-made paper. The book comprises six letters written in the 16th century by St.John of God, the founder of the Order of St. John of God. The letters have been inserted in an envelope which also makes the cover. The contact and feelings of the message is strengthen with respect to the preservation of the author’s handwriting. The book was issued by order of the Convent of Good Brothers at Łódź.

St. John of the Cross – „Letters”

Letters of St. John
of the Cross

First edition
Artistic book
Limited collector’s edition
Format: 17 x 23 cm

Letters of St. John of the Cross

 The first edition comprising 5 numbered copies printed on hand-made paper.
The edition contains 27 letters in a leather- and silver-trimmed casket set with ambers.
The book, favourite reading of Pope John Paul II, was published by order of LOT Polish Airlines.
Owners of respective copies thereof have been mentioned in Editor’s Note.

San Juan de la Cruz „Poemas mayores”

San Juan de la Cruz (Saint John of the Cross),

Poemas mayores (The Poems of Saint John of the Cross)

Spanish

38 numbered copies:

– 10 jewellery binding

– 28 leather fine binding


Polish president Lech Kaczynski gives as a gift art book published for the occasion

Polish president Lech Kaczynski gives as a gift art book published for the occasion

„Poemas mayores”. Hand bound with amber, gold and silver in only one copy.

Hand bound with amber, gold and silver. Published in only one copy.Św. Jan od Krzyża „Poemas mayores”

 

St. John of the Cross, Rady i wskazówki (Advices and guidances)

Św. Jan od Krzyża,
Rady i wskazówki (Advice and guidance)

Artistic book
Limited edition
First 10 copies decorated with gem stones with gold and silver. Rich hand-made edgings, adorned with 22 carat gold.
50 numbered copies
Format: 17,5 x 25 cm

In 2002 a special edition of „Advice and guidance” was ordered by the President of Polish Airlines LOT as a gift in relation to another visit of Pope John Paul II in Poland. Works of this renaissance mystique had a huge influence on young Karol Wojtyła’s views which led him to the Vatican. The poems and theological tractates of St. John of the Cross were not only the subject of studies and topic of his Ph.D. thesis but also a never ending source of inspiration and renewal of spiritual strength.

Św. Jan od Krzyża „Rady i wskazówki”
Św. Jan od Krzyża „Rady i wskazówki”
Św. Jan od Krzyża „Rady i wskazówki”

St. John of the Cross, Trzy poematy (Three poems)

Św. Jan od Krzyża,
Trzy poematy (Three poems)

Two of the three poems were created in unusual circumstances in prison. The third – “Living Flame of Love” was written after his escape from the Toledo fortress. The mysticism of St. John of the Cross is the highest degree to the sublime and almost absolute. His poetry is one of the masterpieces of Spanish literature, and the poem “Song of the spiritual” is considered an absolute gem of world literature. He was the greatest mystique among the poets and his work the quintessence of the greatest poets and the summit of world mysticism.
Św. Jan od Krzyża „Trzy poematy”

Wyspiański Stanisław – „Wesele – Die Hochzeit”

Wyspiański Stanisław,
Wesele (Die Hochzeit)

Translated to German language by Karl Dedecius
Polish – German edition – 208 numbered copies
Polish edition – 288 numbered copies
Typographic of all versions by Iga Bielejec
Format: 21 x 26 cm

It would seem hard that the Polish drama “The Wedding” brings such a powerful spiritual element, that is also enthusiastically received by foreign readers and audience. Without the understanding of the Polish culture foreign readers and audience might find it difficult to assimilate this book. However, it is possible to interpret the magical contents of “The Wedding”, which is quite metaphysical even without a proper knowledge of the Polish culture. This proves the intellect and maturity of the cultural sphere in the European community. The next version of Andrzej Wajda’s “The Wedding” which was previewed in 1992 in Salzburg, Germany inspired us to issue this drama in this form for it was quite explicit even to foreign readers and audience.

Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”

Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”
Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”
Wyspiański Stanisław „Wesele - Die Hochzeit”

Żeromski Stefan – „Przedwiośnie” („The Early Springtime”)

Żeromski Stefan „Przedwiośnie”