THE FOUNTAINHEAD, INSCRIBED BY AYN RAND
RAND, Ayn. The Fountainhead. Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1943). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Later printing of Rand’s best-selling and unforgettable celebration of the individual spirit, inscribed by the author “To Frank N. Skinner—Cordially—Ayn Rand, 5/28/70.”
From 1935 to 1943, Rand worked as a secretary in an architectural firm, and while there wrote The Fountainhead, her first Objectivist novel and her first bestseller. “Reviews of her third novel were generally unfavorable, but it still became a word-of-mouth bestseller. It is the story of Howard Roark, an architect who is such an individualist and so honorable (that is, so true to himself) that when one of his designs is modified (in his view, adulterated) by mediocre minds, he destroys his own work. For the rest of her life Rand expanded on this theme” (ANB). “Rand has taken her stand against collectivism, ‘the rule of the second-hander, the ancient monster,’ which has brought men ‘to a level of intellectual indecency never equalled on earth.’ She has written a hymn in praise of the individual” (Lorine Pruette). Rand would also write the screenplay for the film version of the novel, released in 1949 and starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Later printing, without listing of printing number on copyright page, in second-state dust jacket (see Perrin, 19). Perinn A3.
Interior fine; light rubbing to cloth extremities. Light wear to extremities of dust jacket with toning to spine and some expert coloring to spine. An extremely good inscribed copy.