Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. First edition. First issue in the publisher's red cloth binding and the first edition statement on the copyright page as required. Top edge stained red. A Very Good copy overall, minor dampstaining to front and rear boards, hinges cracked with early repairs. Contemporary ownership signature to front pastedown, and bookplate of the same on front endpaper. Unclipped jacket with spine faded; creasing and chipping to extremities; amateur tape repairs to verso. Housed in a custom clamshell with morocco spine label.
Along with Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead stands as a towering 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 by a contemporary New York Times review as an “absorbing story of man’s enduring battle with evil,” Rand’s novel survives as a testament to the power of the individual will against the misguided evil of the collective.
Bonhams lot 3173 (2005). Provenance: From the private collection of Jay T. Snider Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. (Item #2757)