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Rand, Ayn

Published by Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis/ New York (1974)

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About this Item: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis/ New York, 1974. Twenty-fifth Anniversary edition of Ayn Rand's first major literary success. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Demetria Ridosh -Cordially- Ayn Rand 10/23/75." Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears and small chips. Although Rand was a previously published novelist and had a successful Broadway play, she faced difficulty in finding a publisher she thought right for The Fountainhead. She let Macmillian Publishing go when they rejected her demand for better publicity (Branden, 1986), and when her agent criticized the novel, she fired him and handled submissions herself (Burns, 2009). After sifting through eleven more publishers, Rand finally released The Fountainhead with Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1943. The reception was instant, and The Fountainhead became a bestseller in two years. The protagonist, Howard Roark, whose character was thought to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a young architect fighting against convention. Cited by numerous architects as an inspiration, Ayn Rand said the theme of the book was "individualism versus collectivism, not within politics but within a man's soul." Rand chose architecture as the analogy of her heady themes because of the context of the ascent of modern architecture. It provided an appropriate mode to make relevant her beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the "fountainhead" of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue. Some critics consider The Fountainhead to be Rand's best novel (Merill, 1991). Indeed, philosopher Mark Kingwell described it as "Rand's best work" (Kingwell, 2006). Seller Inventory # 21020

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RAND, Ayn

Published by BOBBS MERRILL, New York (1943)

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About this Item: BOBBS MERRILL, New York, 1943. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. UNMATCHED AYN RAND INSCRIPTION in The Fountainhead! "With the best wishes of the author," an inscription we've seen only in First Edition copies of We the Living (1936). Bound in the publisher's original red cloth, this copy has some staining to boards and a faded spine. Hinges are strong and the book is square, without any cocking. The book contains no writing or markings of any kind. The jacket, complete, UNclipped ($3.00) may be from another early printing, not as snug as it should be. Most unusual is the inscription "with the best wishes of the author," dated 1946, a full 10 years after Rand abandoned that inscription. Book #P1206. $2950. The largest collection of rare/inscribed/manuscript Ayn Rand on the planet!. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000236

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The Fountainhead: Rand, Ayn

Rand, Ayn

Published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis (1943)

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About this Item: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, 1943. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, early issue SIGNED by Ayn Rand on the front endpaper to a friend "To.with best wishes of the author- Ayn Rand" dated June 22, 1946. This original dustjacket has minor wear to the spine and edges. The book is tight, with some wear to the boards. The binding of the book is tight with NO cocking or leaning. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy SIGNED by the author. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase to protect the book. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-1484077440777

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The Fountainhead (inscribed by Ayn Rand): Rand, Ayn

Rand, Ayn

Published by Bobbs Merrill, Indianapolis (1943)

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About this Item: Bobbs Merrill, Indianapolis, 1943. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. 1st Edition. Bobbs-Merrill. 1943 (1944) Indianapolis. 754 pages. First edition, eighth printing in DJ with $3.00 price intact on DJ flap. Book is signed, inscribed and dated by Ayn Rand directly to the title page. To __ __, - Cordially - Ayn Rand October 17, 1944. Binding and hinges are strong. Endpapers are clean. FFEP includes a previous owner's name that matches the name in Ayn Rand's inscription on the title page. Green cloth panels are clean. Upper right corner of front panel shows cloud-like stains. This is limited strictly to this area not affecting page edges or pastedown. If this is bothersome, it is an easy fix with a restorer as this area (or the whole cover) can be matched and re-dyed. 1 corner is gently bumped. 2 corner tips show a tiny amount of fray hairs at tips. Cloth is rubbed at upper left corner. Foot of backstrip shows shelf-rubbing. Gilt titles slightly rubbed on front panel and mostly rubbed on backstrip. DJ shows multiple flaws and is in poor condition serving only as a temporary placeholder. This DJ is from an earlier printing. DJ is flawed with open chips, some tape reinforcement and splitting along seams that are held together by DJ protector. Original $3.00 price is in place on front flap. Signed copies of Rand's masterpiece are few and far between. A unique offering of the classic that is signed, dated and inscribed by Ayn Rand directly to the title page. A true plum for any serious collector. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 001366

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Rand, Ayn

Published by Bobbs-Merrill Company (1943)

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About this Item: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, early issue. This copy is authentically INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Ayn Rand to her friend. The book is in very good shape. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth with some wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A nice presentation copy SIGNED by the author with a beautiful facsimile dustjacket from the original. Inscribed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-11633643589

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Rand, Ayn

Published by Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis (1943)

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About this Item: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, 1943. Later printing of the Rands's breakthrough work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, "Ayn Rand, 1/17/66." Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. The signature was obtained at a Rand lecture held at the Sheraton Hotel on that date. Desirable signed. Although Rand was a previously published novelist and had a successful Broadway play, she faced difficulty in finding a publisher she thought right for The Fountainhead. She let Macmillian Publishing go when they rejected her demand for better publicity (Branden, 1986), and when her agent criticized the novel, she fired him and handled submissions herself (Burns, 2009). After sifting through eleven more publishers, Rand finally released The Fountainhead with Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1943. The reception was instant, and The Fountainhead became a bestseller in two years. The protagonist, Howard Roark, whose character was thought to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a young architect fighting against convention. Cited by numerous architects as an inspiration, Ayn Rand said the theme of the book was "individualism versus collectivism, not within politics but within a man's soul." Rand chose architecture as the analogy of her heady themes because of the context of the ascent of modern architecture. It provided an appropriate mode to make relevant her beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the "fountainhead" of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue. Some critics consider The Fountainhead to be Rand's best novel (Merill, 1991). Indeed, philosopher Mark Kingwell described it as "Rand's best work" (Kingwell, 2006). Seller Inventory # 80049

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Fountainhead: Rand, Ayn

Rand, Ayn

Published by Bobbs Merrill (1943)

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About this Item: Bobbs Merrill, 1943. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Ayn Rand on a laid in signature. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in Red cloth, and stated "First Edition" on the copyright page. This beautiful second issue dustjacket has some wear to the edges and spine. This original dustjacket is vibrant in color and has the $3.00 price printed on bottom flap. The book is in nice condition with some wear to the spine and panels. The pages are clean, with no writing, or marks in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this scarce first edition with the original dustjacket SIGNED by the author. We buy Ayn Rand First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-3739183752

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Fountainhead: Rand, Ayn

Rand, Ayn

Published by Bobbs-Merrill (1942)

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About this Item: Bobbs-Merrill, 1942. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Ayn Rand on a laid in signature. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION, with "First Edition" printed on the copyright page bound in red cloth. Later editions do not state "First Edition" A beautiful second state dustjacket that is vibrant in color without the ubiquitous fading to the spine. This original dustjacket has slight wear to the edges. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the spine and edges. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a magnificent copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. We buy Ayn Rand First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-6197159573

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Rand, Ayn

Published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers, Indianapolis, New York (1943)

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About this Item: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers, Indianapolis, New York, 1943. [ii], 754 pp. 8vo. First edition. First edition. [ii], 754 pp. 8vo. Inscribed to critic Lorraine Pruette, "My *one* *and* *only* reviewer - thank you *now* for when you were the only voice of courage I heard - Ayn Rand. July 26th, 1949" Lorraine Pruette's review of The Fountainhead appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on May 16, 1943. As Rand later recalled, "It saved my whole sense of the world at that time. It's the only intelligent major review of a novel I have had in my whole career," (Branden 179). Rand was disheartened by what she perceived to be an oversight of the book's ideological character on the part of mainstream reviewers.She felt that most contemporary critics were preoccupied with the architectural motif, the broad theme of social injustice, or technical aspects of her style as an author, rather than with her ideas on the limitations of modern society. By contrast, Pruette's positive assessment of the novel characterized the story as a radical indictment of collectivism, and an important and compelling testament to the primacy of the individual. She wrote that, "Miss Rand has taken her stand against collectivism. She has written a hymn in praise of the individual, and has said things worth saying these days."The inscription by Rand to Pruette several years later, in Pruette's personal copy of The Fountainhead, attests to Rand's sincere and enduring gratitude for Pruette's early championing of her most influential novel. Provenance: Lorine Pruette (inscription and bookplate) Original publisher's red cloth. Crude tape reinforcement along edges and spine, type-written spine labels, front cover gilt lettering rubbed off, dampstains to front cover, hinges reinforced with cloth, front free endpaper foxed and offset., binding cracked at title page. Ex-library, stamps to title and dedication pages, card pocket removed from rear blank. Seller Inventory # 100371

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Rand, Ayn

Published by Bobbs Merrill (1943)

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About this Item: Bobbs Merrill, 1943. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by Ayn Rand on a tipped in signature. A wonderful copy! This ORIGINAL second issue dustjacket is rich in color with some wear to the spine and edges. The book is the TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in the ORIGINAL Red cloth. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight, and with slight wear to the boards. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, an amazing copy SIGNED by the author in collector's condition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-10933005588

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