INSCRIBED BY AYN RAND: MOST RARE AND DESIRABLE FIRST EDITION OF THE FOUNTAINHEAD, IN A FIRST-ISSUE DUST JACKET
RAND, Ayn. The Fountainhead. Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1943). Octavo, original red cloth, original dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. $62,000.
First edition, first issue, of Rand’s best-selling and unforgettable celebration of the individual spirit, in a rare first-issue dust jacket, inscribed on the half title: “To —— Cordially — Ayn Rand, 11/3/72.”
In The Fountainhead—Rand's first major Objectivist novel as well as her first best-seller—"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). First issue, bound in red cloth, with first edition stated on copyright page, in a first-issue dust jacket, with back panel listing 16 Bobbs-Merrill books. Perinn A3a. Vinson, 1139.
Interior fine; light soiling to original cloth with some wear to extremities and some creasing to spine. Expert restoration to extremely scarce first-issue dust jacket with toning to spine, less often than usually found; dust jacket supplied from another copy. An extremely good copy, quite scarce inscribed.