New York: Signet Books, 1952. First edition thus. Inscribed by the author to the Signet publisher: "To Kurt Enoch - wishing you a great success on your triple volumes, with pleasure at being the first of them - Cordially - Ayn Rand 5/6/1952." A lovely inscription by Rand within a month of publication. Book Near Fine with only slight wear at the spine.
“Man cannot survive except through his mind. But the mind is an attribute of the individual. There is no such thing as a collective brain.”
Along with “Atlas Shrugged,” “The Fountainhead is a masterpiece of fictionalized Objectivist philosophy – a zealous laissez-faire capitalism that prizes selfishness of the individual above altruism. The novel follows Howard Roark, an architect who uncompromisingly creates modern works in the face of entrenched group-think that prefers form over function. In what has been praised as an “absorbing story of man’s enduring battle with evil” (The New York Times), Rand’s novel survives as a testament to the power of the individual will against the misguided evil of the collective.
Provenance: From the library of Kurt Enoch, who founded the New American Library and subsequently its Signet and Penguin imprints, and who in the late 1940s invented the mass market paperback, bringing the work of many great authors to a vast and entirely new readership. Near Fine (Item #2043)