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. Some rubbing and scuffing to boards and spine; dampstain to upper boards, affecting topstain. Hinges a bit tender. Bookplate and early ownership signature to front pastedown and front endpaper, else unmarked and fresh. A pleasing copy without the scarce dustjacket.
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. Very Good + (Item #4164)