New York: Random House, 1957. First edition. Stated first printing. Inscribed by Rand on the front free end paper prior to the October 10 release date: "To the Hon. George M. Humphrey - - with the compliments of our mutual friend John C. Gall - - Cordially - Ayn Rand 9/17/57" George M. Humphrey (1890 - 1970) started his career as a lawyer, but transitioned into the M. A. Hanna Company (a major coal and iron ore producer) where he was President for over 20 years. He left for Eisenhower's Secretary of the Treasury Cabinet position from 1953 - 1957 where he was influential in helping the President develop fiscally conservative policies. Inscribed for Humphrey as a favor to Rand's friend and lawyer, chief attorney for the National Association of Manufacturers and, later, Big Steel, John C. Gall. Although denied by Rand, a small contingent of scholars continues to believe that Gall was Rand's inspiration for her John Galt character in the novel.
A just about Fine copy of the book in like dust jacket. The book has minor spotting to outer edge of page block and slight separation between the title and half-title, otherwise clean and fresh. In a vivid jacket without any chips or tears, but with minor smudging on the rear panel, likely made during printing. Retaining the critical $6.95, which is the single relevant issue point for this jacket. Rand's magnum opus, where she develops her objectivist theory and explores the question, "what if society's genius goes on strike?" One of the most popular and influential books written in the twentieth century, one survey in 1991 finding it second only to the Bible in having the greatest impact upon its readers. Presentation copies with a close personal association are quite rare. Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #671)
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