The Fountainhead. Ayn Rand.
The Fountainhead
The Fountainhead

The Fountainhead

Philadelphia: The Blakiston Company, 1943. Early Printing. Octavo, publisher’s green cloth, spine and upper board gilt, original illustrated dust jacket.

"The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see." Early printing of Ayn Rand’s bestselling early novel. Her first major literary success, the novel follows an uncompromising young architect, Howard Roark, as he struggles against traditional values as a self-sufficient individualist. The book was rejected by twelve publishers before Bobbs-Merrill editor and staunch Objectivist Archibald Ogden took a chance on it, telling his employers, "if The Fountainhead wasn’t the book for them, then he wasn’t the editor for them." The book polarized critics upon publication, but gradually found an audience, and has since been lionized as an essential work of 20th-century American literature. This early reprint was produced by Philadelphia’s Blakiston Company. Due to wartime paper rations, Bobbs-Merrill sublicensed The Fountainhead to the small publishing house (which had government-provided access to paper). Over 100,000 copies of the Blakiston edition were sold by 1945, which sports the same dust jacket design as the first edition. This copy bears all four of the commonly identified first issue points: page 9 misprinted as an "o," page 321 with "refrred" in line 5, page 381 with "G.W." in line 4, and page 480 with "Domininque" in line 2. Some rubbing and staining to cloth (more heavily to spine); unclipped dust jacket with moderate creasing and edgewear, sunning to spine panel, and a few tape repairs to verso. A good copy of a fragile, war-time production, scarce in dust jacket. Item #4982

$400.00

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