New York: Random House, 1962. First edition. Original blue publisher's cloth binding with title to spine. Yellow topstain. Light wear to crown of spine, else a clean, square, tight copy. In a clipped dustjacket with general shelfwear along the bottom edge, gentle wear to corners, and some rubbing to front and rear panels. Colors overall remain bright, with no signs of sunning to spine. Signed and inscribed on the front endpaper by both Nathaniel Branden and Barbara Branden to Peter Reidy, a fellow Objectivist who also wrote about Rand's work.
Written by Rand's longtime lover and his wife, the four essays in this book address Rand's literary and political dedication to spreading Objectivism as well as containing Rand's authorized biography. The Brandens had been close to Rand for over a decade at the time the book was compiled; and it drew on Nathaniel's radio talks on Objectivism, Barbara's taped private interviews with Rand, and Rand's own writings. Notably, Rand would end her relationship with the Brandens soon after the book's release, and the couple later stepped back on their approach, claiming that they should have more seriously critiqued Rand's life and work but had been too close to the subject matter to effectively do so.
Provenance: From the private collection of Jay T. Snider Near Fine in Very Good + dust jacket. (Item #2745)