The Foundations of Morality (Association Copy)
Princeton: Van Nostrand, 1964.
Princeton: Van Nostrand, 1964. First edition. Publisher's cloth binding with black spine and yellow boards. Some rubbing to front and rear boards with edges slightly toned, else a bright and fresh copy overall. In its unclipped black and yellow jacket. Spine sunned and panels rubbed and toned; remnant of removed adhesive tag to front cover; chips and small closed tear to bottom of rear panel; paper loss to crown of spine. Provenance: the private library of Ayn Rand. The present copy contains Rand's marginalia and underlining.
Hazlitt's Foundations of Morality "probes deeply into the ultimate basis of both private and public ethics. Morality, he finds, is essential to the very existence of human society. So far from there being any fundamental antagonism between the long-run interests of the individual and those of society, these interests coincide. The social cooperation that best serves the interests of the whole society is at the same time the great means by which each individual serves his own long-run interests." In their ethical, political, and economic views, Hazlitt and Rand largely align. "Ayn Rand and Henry Hazlitt made the same point in different ways" (Tamny). Indeed, the two authors, who were also friends in their personal lives, influenced each other's views even prior to Rand's composing The Fountainhead (Burns). In the present copy, Rand uses blue ink to score important sections in chapters including Intuition & Common Sense, Vocation & Circumstance, and Free Will & Determinism. By the time of Hazlitt's book release, Rand had become a major cultural force; and the present copy shows evidence of her immersion and continued study into Objectivism's role in cultural ethics.
Bonham's lot 3145 (2005). Provenance: From the private collection of Jay T. Snider Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #2747)