The Garden of the Prophet
Given as a gift from H.M.S. Caballa in 1943 and signed by 5 VAD nurses
First edition, first printing. Hardback with gilt titling to spine and upper board. 21 × 13.5cm, 67pp.
This copy was a gift in 1943 from the VAD nurses at H.M.S. Cabbala (a stone frigate; the Navy's signal training centre) to a Sister Roberts who was leaving, and signed by five nurses. HMS Cabbala was where signalling was taught to 600 sailors and 60 wrens.
'The Garden of the Prophet' was the sequel to 'The Prophet' and was published posthumously. In prose poetry, it narrates Almustafa's further discussions with his followers after a long intervening absence. It covers a wide range of subjects that describe how a person might best live a happy and illumined life.
A fair copy but perfectly readable. The covers are heavily sunned (it looks like it was on the end of a shelf as there's a pattern to the fading!). The contents are lightly foxed but in perfectly readable order. The Naval inscription has been scored through in pen with a further name added below but also remains perfectly clear.