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The Fountainhead

By Rand, Ayn




When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand's daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. This edition contains a special Afterword by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff which includes excerpts from Ayn Rand's own notes on the making of The Fountainhead. As fresh today as it was then, here is a novel about a hero—and about those who try to destroy him.


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The Fountainhead

RAND, AYN

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. First Edition; first issue binding. Some waterstaining, but overall at least very good in dust jacket; in a custom clamshell box. An exceptionally important association copy; inscribed by the author, “To Jack L. Warner - Thank you for your courage and for a magnificent picture - with my profound gratitude - Ayn Rand. January 7, 1949.” Rand sold the film rights to Warner several years earlier with the contractual proviso that she would provide the screenplay, which would be unalterable. In fact, the director wanted changes, but Warner supported the author and honored the contract. This book’s inscription, clearly referring to this, was presented about a half year prior to the film’s release. Of Rand’s fiction, The Fountainhead is generally conceded to be her most important and enduring work, a passionate portrait of uncompromising individualism. In the decades since its debut, the film has gained the critical acceptance, even the acclaim, that initially evaded it.

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The Fountainhead.

Rand, Ayn

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. First edition, first issue with first edition stated on the copyright page of the author's first major novel, as well as her first best-seller. Octavo, original red cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Laura Roberts- with my thanks- Affectionately, Ayn Rand." Fine in a near fine first-issue dust jacket with a touch of rubbing. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. A superior example, most rare and desirable in this condition and inscribed. Although Rand was a previously published novelist and had a successful Broadway play, she faced difficulty in finding a publisher she thought right for The Fountainhead. She let Macmillian Publishing go when they rejected her demand for better publicity (Branden, 1986), and when her agent criticized the novel, she fired him and handled submissions herself (Burns, 2009). After sifting through eleven more publishers, Rand finally released The Fountainhead with Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1943. The reception was instant, and The Fountainhead became a bestseller in two years. The protagonist, Howard Roark, whose character was thought to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a young architect fighting against convention. Cited by numerous architects as an inspiration, Ayn Rand said the theme of the book was "individualism versus collectivism, not within politics but within a man's soul." Rand chose architecture as the analogy of her heady themes because of the context of the ascent of modern architecture. It provided an appropriate mode to make relevant her beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the "fountainhead" of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue. Some critics consider The Fountainhead to be Rand's best novel (Merill, 1991). Indeed, philosopher Mark Kingwell described it as "Rand's best work" (Kingwell, 2006).

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The Fountainhead

RAND, AYN

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. First Edition; first issue binding. Only the most minute, trivial wear; an exceptional, fine copy in dust jacket; in a custom cloth clamshell box.

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Price: $75,000.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs Merrill, 1943 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. A superb copy. This First Issue dustjacket with Bobbs Merrill titles on back panel has benefitted from some professional restoration. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is vibrant in color with NO chips or tears. The book is in great shape with light wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the First Printing dustjacket. We buy Ayn Rand First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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Price: $27,500.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs Merrill, 1943 The true first edition (First Edition stated on the copyright page) in a first issue dust jacket (with the correct Bobbs Merrill list on the back panel). Near fine in a complete, very good dust jacket with tape residue on the top of the jacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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Price: $25,000.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs Merrill, 1943 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by Ayn Rand on a tipped in signature. A wonderful copy! This ORIGINAL second issue dustjacket is rich in color with some wear to the spine and edges. The book is the TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in the ORIGINAL Red cloth. The book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight, and with slight wear to the boards. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, an amazing copy SIGNED by the author in collector's condition.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $17,500.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis and New York, 1943 First Edition, First printing in the scarce red cloth primary binding with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. This unrestored First Issue dust-jacket with list of Bobbs-Merrill Books to rear panel and without the author photo has some chipping to the top spine NOT effecting any lettering and some wear to the edges. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Red Cloth. The binding is tight with light wear to the panels. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the scarce First Issue dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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Price: $16,500.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Indianapolis, New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Publishers, 1943. First edition. [ii], 754 pp. 8vo. Original publisher's red cloth. Crude tape reinforcement along edges and spine, type-written spine labels, front cover gilt lettering rubbed off, dampstains to front cover, hinges reinforced with cloth, front free endpaper foxed and offset., binding cracked at title page. Ex-library, stamps to title and dedication pages, card pocket removed from rear blank. First edition. [ii], 754 pp. 8vo. Inscribed to critic Lorraine Pruette, "My *one* *and* *only* reviewer - thank you *now* for when you were the only voice of courage I heard - Ayn Rand. July 26th, 1949" Lorraine Pruette's review of The Fountainhead appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on May 16, 1943. As Rand later recalled, "It saved my whole sense of the world at that time. It's the only intelligent major review of a novel I have had in my whole career," (Branden 179). Rand was disheartened by what she perceived to be an oversight of the book's ideological character on the part of mainstream reviewers. She felt that most contemporary critics were preoccupied with the architectural motif, the broad theme of social injustice, or technical aspects of her style as an author, rather than with her ideas on the limitations of modern society. By contrast, Pruette's positive assessment of the novel characterized the story as a radical indictment of collectivism, and an important and compelling testament to the primacy of the individual. She wrote that, "Miss Rand has taken her stand against collectivism... She has written a hymn in praise of the individual, and has said things worth saying these days." The inscription by Rand to Pruette several years later, in Pruette's personal copy of The Fountainhead, attests to Rand's sincere and enduring gratitude for Pruette's early championing of her most influential novel. Provenance: Lorine Pruette (inscription and bookplate)

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Price: $15,000.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill, 1942 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Ayn Rand on a laid in signature. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION, with "First Edition" printed on the copyright page bound in red cloth. Later editions do not state "First Edition" A beautiful second state dustjacket that is vibrant in color without the ubiquitous fading to the spine. This original dustjacket has slight wear to the edges. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the spine and edges. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a magnificent copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION SIGNED by the author. We buy Ayn Rand First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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The Fountainhead: Handwritten Manuscript

RAND, Ayn

MATCHLESS, Utterly UNavailable elsewhere! A single page from Ayn Rand's journal detailing the names of all leading characters of her first bestseller, The Fountainhead, their birth years, and two estimates of their ages "at end of book." That "book" did not even have a title when Rand wrote this journal entry! Paper torn at all edges, not affecting Rand's handwritten text. A unique piece of The history of The Fountainhead, Rand's first literary masterpiece, now 75 years old!. Book #P1313. $10,500. We carry the largest selection of rare, signed, and manuscript Ayn Rand on the planet!

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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs Merrill, 1943 First Edition, First Printing SIGNED by Ayn Rand on a laid in signature. This is the TRUE FIRST EDITION bound in Red cloth, and stated "First Edition" on the copyright page. This beautiful second issue dustjacket has some wear to the edges and spine. This original dustjacket is vibrant in color and has the $3.00 price printed on bottom flap. The book is in nice condition with some wear to the spine and panels. The pages are clean, with no writing, or marks in the book. Overall, a lovely copy of this scarce first edition with the original dustjacket SIGNED by the author. We buy Ayn Rand First Editions.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $9,000.00


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The Fountainhead.

Rand, Ayn

London: Cassell, 1947. First British edition of Rands's breakthrough work and her first major literary success. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Ayn Rand on the front free endpaper. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with some light rubbing and wear. Rare and desirable signed. Although Rand was a previously published novelist and had a successful Broadway play, she faced difficulty in finding a publisher she thought right for The Fountainhead. She let Macmillian Publishing go when they rejected her demand for better publicity (Branden, 1986), and when her agent criticized the novel, she fired him and handled submissions herself (Burns, 2009). After sifting through eleven more publishers, Rand finally released The Fountainhead with Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1943. The reception was instant, and The Fountainhead became a bestseller in two years. The protagonist, Howard Roark, whose character was thought to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a young architect fighting against convention. Cited by numerous architects as an inspiration, Ayn Rand said the theme of the book was "individualism versus collectivism, not within politics but within a man's soul." Rand chose architecture as the analogy of her heady themes because of the context of the ascent of modern architecture. It provided an appropriate mode to make relevant her beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the "fountainhead" of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue. Some critics consider The Fountainhead to be Rand's best novel (Merill, 1991). Indeed, philosopher Mark Kingwell described it as "Rand's best work" (Kingwell, 2006). The novel has been adapted into other media several times. An illustrated version was syndicated in newspapers in 1945. Warner Bros. produced a film version in 1949; Rand wrote the screenplay, and Gary Cooper played Roark. Critics panned the film, which did not recoup its budget; several directors and writers have considered doing a new film adaptation. In 2014, Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove created a stage adaptation.

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Price: $8,800.00


The Fountainhead

RAND, AYN

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. First Edition; second issue binding (green cloth and about a quarter-inch shorter than the earlier binding). Owner’s inscription inside the front cover, else near fine in a very good dust jacket (the correct, second issue dust jacket, referred to, erroneously, as a “state” by Perrin) with numerous small edge chips and tears; in a custom quarter-leather clamshell box.

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Price: $7,500.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

The Bobbs-Merril Company, 1943 First Edition with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. This copy is SIGNED by Ayn Rand on a tipped in signature. A beautiful copy with the ORIGINAL dustjacket that has minor wear to the edges. This First Edition, second issue book is in great shape and is bound in the publisher's green boards instead of RED. The binding is tight, with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp with minor wear. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a wonderful copy SIGNED by the author in collector's condition. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $7,500.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, 1943 First Edition, First Printing. An attractive second issue dustjacket with light wear to the spine and panels. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Red cloth. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with light wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION, with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. We buy Ayn Rand First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $7,500.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. Later printing. [3]-753, [1] pp., w/o half-title. 1 vols. 8vo. Rebound in full red morocco gilt, a.e.g., by the Chelsea Bindery. Original cloth bound in at rear. Custom morocco backed box. Fine. Later printing. [3]-753, [1] pp., w/o half-title. 1 vols. 8vo. Presentation Copy. A finely bound presentation copy of Rand's classic, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "To Morty R. Lefkoe - with my best wishes for courage and perseverance in your writing career - Ayn Rand 7/29/64." Morty Lefkoe is the author of The Crisis in Construction, There is an Answer, and Re-Create Your Life: Transforming Yourself & Your World with the Decision Maker Process. Perinn A3a; Vinson, 1139

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Price: $7,500.00


The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. The book is great shape with light wear to the boards and page edges. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's Red Cloth and comes with a beautiful facsimile dustjacket from the original. A wonderful copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine.

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Price: $7,000.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. Later editions do NOT have the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. A superb copy. This ORIGINAL price clipped dustjacket has minor wear to the spine and edges. This First Edition, second state dustjacket is rich in color with light rubbing to the front panel. The book is nice condition. The binding is tight, and the boards are crisp with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of in collector's condition. We buy Ayn Rand First Editions.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $7,000.00


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The Fountainhead

RAND, Ayn

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. Near Fine/Near Fine. Early reprint in gray papercovered boards stamped in blue. Near fine in a nice, near fine dustwrapper. Inscribed by Rand and dated by her in 1968.

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Price: $6,500.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. Later printings lack the words "First Edition" This First Issue book is bound in the ORIGINAL Red cloth from the publisher. The binding is tight with wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a collectable copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with a spectacular facsimile dustjacket from the original.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/As New.

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Price: $6,000.00


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Fountain head

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs, 1943 First Edition, First Printing bound in Red cloth, stated "First Edition" on the copyright page. An attractive dustjacket with some wear to the edges and spine. This original price clipped dustjacket is rich in color and has a picture of Ayn Rand on back panel of dustjacket. The book solid. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with some wear to the spine and panels. The pages are clean, with no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a sharp copy of this true first edition with the original dustjacket. Trades and offers considered.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $6,000.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill, 1943 First Edition, First Printing bound in RED cloth with "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. Later editions do NOT state First Edition or they are bound in green cloth. The book is in very good condition with some wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy with a stunning facsimile dustjacket from the ORIGINAL.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine.

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Price: $5,500.00


The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1943 Early reprint in the ORIGINAL Red cloth from the publisher INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Ayn Rand, dated 1946. The original dustjacket has the picture of Ayn Rand on the back panel with some wear to the spine and edges. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author.. Signed by Author(s). Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

Bobbs Merrill Company, 1943. Hardcover. Good/Good. Bobbs Merrill Company, New York 1943. First Edition / First Printing / First Issue Book. Stated First Edition, no additional printings. Red cloth boards. Jacket priced at $3.00. Rear panel has 3 quotes. Jacket 2nd issue, 1/8th of an inch short jacket. Book Condition: Good+, shelf wear, age toning, spots, name at the endpaper. Bookplate removed at the endpaper. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+, chipping, short tears, age toning. Wrapped in a new removable mylar cover.

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Price: $5,000.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

The Bobbs-Merrill Co, 1966 31st printing. Inscribed by Rand on the front free end paper.. 5th or later Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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The Fountainhead

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Bobbs -Merrill, 1943 First Edition, First Printing. An attractive copy bound in the publisher's Green Cloth. The binding is tight and the boards are crisp with slight wear to the panels. The pages are clean with new endpapers. There is NO writing, or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

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Price: $4,500.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

The Bobbs-Merril Company, Indianapolis, New York, 1943 First Edition, INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Ayn Rand a year after publication on a tipped in signature. This First Edition, second issue bound in green boards instead of Red has the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. The TRUE FIRST EDITION is bound in RED boards. The book is in nice condition. The binding is tight, with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy AUTHENTICALLY INSCRIBED AND SIGNED by the author.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $4,500.00


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The Fountainhead.

Rand, Ayn

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. Later printing of the Rands's breakthrough work. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed and dated by the author on the front free endpaper, "Ayn Rand, 1/17/66." Bookplate, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. The signature was obtained at a Rand lecture held at the Sheraton Hotel on that date. Desirable signed. Although Rand was a previously published novelist and had a successful Broadway play, she faced difficulty in finding a publisher she thought right for The Fountainhead. She let Macmillian Publishing go when they rejected her demand for better publicity (Branden, 1986), and when her agent criticized the novel, she fired him and handled submissions herself (Burns, 2009). After sifting through eleven more publishers, Rand finally released The Fountainhead with Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1943. The reception was instant, and The Fountainhead became a bestseller in two years. The protagonist, Howard Roark, whose character was thought to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a young architect fighting against convention. Cited by numerous architects as an inspiration, Ayn Rand said the theme of the book was "individualism versus collectivism, not within politics but within a man's soul." Rand chose architecture as the analogy of her heady themes because of the context of the ascent of modern architecture. It provided an appropriate mode to make relevant her beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the "fountainhead" of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue. Some critics consider The Fountainhead to be Rand's best novel (Merill, 1991). Indeed, philosopher Mark Kingwell described it as "Rand's best work" (Kingwell, 2006).

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Price: $4,200.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943 First Edition, early issue. This copy is authentically INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Ayn Rand to her friend. The book is in very good shape. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's cloth with some wear to the spine and edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A nice presentation copy SIGNED by the author with a beautiful facsimile dustjacket from the original.. Inscribed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine.

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The Fountainhead

RAND, Ayn

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1964. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine. Stated "30th printing October, 1964." Quarter cloth and printed paper covered boards. A few faint and tiny spots on the topedge, else fine in a nice, near fine dustwrapper with just a bit of fading at the spine and some tiny nicks and tears. Inscribed by Rand: "To Carol De Bala - Cordially - Ayn Rand 2/1/65." Additional Signed beneath Rand's inscription by Nathaniel Branden and his wife Barbara Brandan, who has dated the book two weeks after Rand's inscription. Two years earlier Nathanial and Barbara Brandon had written their fawning study of Rand's novels *Who is Ayn Rand?* This copy of *The Fountainhead* was Signed just months before Nathaniel Brandan would tell his wife Barbara of his affair with model Patreicia Scott. While Barbara had known of her husband's affair with Rand, this latest revelation caused their separation in June 1965, and eventual divorce.

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Fountain Head

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs Merrill, 1942 First Edition, First Printing bound in Red Cloth with "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. A very good second state dustjacket that has light fading to the spine and some wear to the edges. This original dustjacket has the $3.00 price present. The book is very good condition. The boards have wear to the spine and edges. There is no writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a very good copy of this TRUE FIRST EDITION with the original dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good.

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Price: $3,500.00


Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

The Bobbs-Merril Company, New York, 1943 First Edition, First Printing with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. The book is bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's green cloth that was first published in Red cloth. This ORIGINAL dustjacket is vibrant in color with minor wear to the edges. The book is in great shape. The binding is tight with minor wear to the edges. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A wonderful copy in collector's condition.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine.

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Price: $3,500.00


The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis, 1943 Early edition, published the same year as the First Edition INSCRIBED and SIGNED by Ayn Rand. This later edition has wear to the spine and edges of the dustjacket. The book is in very good condition with some stains and discoloration to the boards. The pages are clean with NO marks or bookplates in the book. A very good copy INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author.. Signed by Author(s). Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good.

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The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

Bobbs Merrill Company, 1943. Hardcover. Near Fine. Bobbs Merrill Company, New York 1943. First Edition / First Printing / First Issue. Stated First Edition, no additional printings. Red cloth boards. Book Condition: Near Fine, shelf wear, clean pages, tight spine. The dust jacket is not present.

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Price: $3,150.00


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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs Merrill, 1943 An inscribed early printing which is the same size and shape and coloration as the first printing, inscribed by Rand on the front free endpaper. Bookplate on front pastedown of the person named in the inscription. Very good condition, some discoloration on lower back panel. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. Inscribed by Author(s). 2nd Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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The Fountainhead

RAND, Ayn

Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. First Edition. Hardcover. First Printing. Octavo; second issue green cloth, with titles stamped in gilt on spine and front panel; 754pp. A few faint smudges to panels, minor wear along endges and spine ends, faint stain to lower edge of text closed to spine, touch of offsetting to pastedowns, with the paper along rear hinge neatly re-glued; withal, a solid, Very Good copy, with the binding still sound and the gilt still bright and legible. Arguably Rand's finest and most influential novel, basis for the 1949 King Vidor film starring Gary Cooper and Patrician Neal.

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The Fountainhead

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The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, 1943 First Edition, early issue SIGNED by Ayn Rand on the front endpaper to a friend "To.with best wishes of the author- Ayn Rand" dated June 22, 1946. This original dustjacket has minor wear to the spine and edges. The book is tight, with some wear to the boards. The binding of the book is tight with NO cocking or leaning. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A lovely copy SIGNED by the author. Includes a custom clamshell slipcase to protect the book.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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The Fountainhead [Signed]

Rand, Ayn

New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1968. Signed by Ayn Rand at half-title page: "Ayn Rand, 12/10/71". Stated at copyright: "First Printing 1943, 25th Anniversary Edition, 33rd Printing 1968." First published in 1943, this is the first printing of the 25th anniversary edition and 33rd overall. This edition offers a new, special introduction by Ayn Rand reflecting on the quarter century past in relation to The Fountainhead, and a new jacket cover painting and frontispiece color plate entitled "Man Also Rises," by her husband, Frank O'Connor. Grey full-cloth boards w/black embossed cover titles and silver accent, black cloth spine wrap w/crisp, stamped silver titles, light shelf wear. Pages generally fine, no writing; first few w/moderate edge discoloration, page roll. Deep red endpapers. Red topstain, some toning. Bind fine; hinges intact. Dust jacket moderate shelf, edge wear, rub; unclipped $8.95, protected in new clear sleeve. White jacket design w/rich cover painting and portrait drawing of Rand at back. Good, near very good example - rare in any form - in very good wrapper. An unprecedented phenomenon in modern literature. Arguably the century's most challenging novel of ideas, when first published it created a public furor and worldwide interest in Ayn Rand. On the surface, the story of a gifted young architect, his violent battle with conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with the beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him. In his fight for success, he first discovers then rejects the seductive power of fame, money, finding that individual integrity must ultimately triumph. Addresses a number of universal themes - the strength of the creative soul, the tug between good and evil, and the threat of fascism - whether overt or hidden. The confrontation of these themes, along with the amazing stroke of Rand's writing, combine to give The Fountainhead its enduring influence. More relevant today then when written. Rare investment. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. 727 pages. Insured post.. Signed by Author. Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition. Hardcover. Good/Good. Illus. by O'Connor, Frank (Paintings). 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Book.

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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs Merrill, 1943 A good first edition, stated First Edition on the copyright page. Covers discolored, and front free endpaper attached to front pastedown. Comes with a very good dust jacket from a later printing of the book. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Good/Very Good.

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Price: $2,400.00


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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

The Bobbs-Merril Company, New York, 1943 First Edition, with the words "First Edition" printed on the copyright page. The book is bound in the publisher's green cloth, making this a second issue. An attractive dustjacket that is rich in color with some wear to the spine and edges. The book is in nice shape. The binding is tight with light wear to the spine and boards. The pages are clean with slight discoloration to the front endpaper. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a lovely copy with the original dustjacket.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

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The Fountainhead.

Rand, Ayn

Indianapolis/ New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1974. Twenty-fifth Anniversary edition of Ayn Rand's first major literary success. Octavo, original red cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, "To Demetria Ridosh -Cordially- Ayn Rand 10/23/75." Fine in a very good dust jacket with some closed tears and small chips. Although Rand was a previously published novelist and had a successful Broadway play, she faced difficulty in finding a publisher she thought right for The Fountainhead. She let Macmillian Publishing go when they rejected her demand for better publicity (Branden, 1986), and when her agent criticized the novel, she fired him and handled submissions herself (Burns, 2009). After sifting through eleven more publishers, Rand finally released The Fountainhead with Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1943. The reception was instant, and The Fountainhead became a bestseller in two years. The protagonist, Howard Roark, whose character was thought to be inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, is a young architect fighting against convention. Cited by numerous architects as an inspiration, Ayn Rand said the theme of the book was "individualism versus collectivism, not within politics but within a man's soul." Rand chose architecture as the analogy of her heady themes because of the context of the ascent of modern architecture. It provided an appropriate mode to make relevant her beliefs that the individual is of supreme value, the "fountainhead" of creativity, and that selfishness, properly understood as ethical egoism, is a virtue. Some critics consider The Fountainhead to be Rand's best novel (Merill, 1991). Indeed, philosopher Mark Kingwell described it as "Rand's best work" (Kingwell, 2006).

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The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

Bobbs-Merrill, 1943 True first edition, with First Edition stated on the copyright page. Very good condition, no dust jacket. Half inch by one inch stain in bottom corner of front free endpaper and about 50 following pages. Stamp of a hospital auxiliary on front free endpaper and a bookplate on front pastedown. Covers of book in excellent condition and pages are otherwise clean. Comes in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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The Fountainhead (First Edition)

Rand, Ayn

Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. First Edition. First Edition. Second issue, in publisher's green cloth, stated "First Edition," in a price-clipped second issue jacket with a photo of Rand with three reviews on the rear panel. Basis for the 1949 King Vidor film, adapted by Rand from her novel, and starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Very Good plus, with a lean, in a Very Good dust jacket. Jacket has a large chip to the rear panel and crown, several small chips and teas, and a lightly faded spine. Ahearn APG 004c.

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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill, 1943 A first edition, so stated on the copyright page, in very good condition. First issue red cloth covers. Housed in a custom-made collector's slipcase.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

New York: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. Near Fine in the earliest state red cloth, gilt lettering is bright, page block very faintly age toned. Copyright 1943 and 2 author's paragraphs on copyright page, but NO statement of First Edition, hence a later printing from 1943 but with all the correct misspelling points In 2nd issue dustjacket, with author's photo and 3 reviews rear panel, price of $3.00 bottom corner front flap. Dustjacket is faded at spine and has 1/8" paper loss top edge spine, a few tiny chips bottom edge of spine. and at top edge front panel. A quite handsome copy of this 20th century classic. . Later Printing. Cloth. Near Fine/Very Good.

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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Indianapolis (1943): The Bobbs-Merrill Company. First Edition. Very Good/No Dust Jacket. "First Edition" is stated on copyright page; first issue in red cloth, printed in gilt. Internally clean and bright, neat owner name on FEP. Light wear at extremities, two corners bumped, light circular stain on front panel; front inner hinge discreetly repaired; a very good copy.

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The Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Philadelphia: The Blakiston Company, 1943. Very good hardcover, 1943 brown cloth cover, no dust jacket. Slight wear to cover First edition, includes printing errors.. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Dust Cover. First Edition.

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The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

Ad49: Sears Readers Club. Good+ with no dust jacket. 1943. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 754 pages; Spine is straight, binding is intack, pages are unmarked, spine and edges have some wear. Published March 10, 1943 This is a special editon published exclusively for the members of the Sears Readers Club. It was originally published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company. .

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THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Rand, Ayn

Hardcover. SPEC3, lit1 . New York Bobbs Merrill 1943. Cloth, 8vo, 754 pages. Later printing of the first edition, with no printings stated but with all the other first edition points. In the second state dustjacket. Red cloth lettered in gilt on the front panel and spine . The dustjacket features a $3.00 price at the base of the front flat and a photo of the author along with three reviews of the book at the rear. All points are present: Page 9: The "9" looks like an "o" at the bottom. Page 321, Line 5: "referred" is spelled "refrred". Page 381, Line 4: The "G" in "G. W. " is slightly smaller. Page 480, Line 2: "Dominique" is spelled "Domininque". Rand was born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum in 1905, into a middle-class family living in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the eldest of three daughters (Alisa, Natasha, and Nora) . Her parents were, Zinovy Zacharovich Rosenbaum and Anna Borisovna Rosenbaum, agnostic and largely non-observant Jews. Her father was a chemist and a successful pharmaceutical entrepreneur who earned the privilege of living outside the Jewish Pale of Settlement. (Wikipedia, 2010) . This book was Rand's first major literary success which became a huge seller, matching the later popularity of Atlas Shrugged. Made into a Hollywood film in 1949, with Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal in the lead roles, it has become an enduring piece of literature, more popular now than when published in 1943. On the surface, it is a story of one man, Howard Roark, and his struggles as an architect in the face of a successful rival, Peter Keating, and a newspaper columnist, Ellsworth Toohey. But the book addresses a number of universal themes: the strength of the individual, the tug between good and evil, the threat of fascism. Light use wear to cloth. Inside hinges are starting, but no markings, completely clean inside. Jacket has sunned spine and wear, especially at crown of spine, but is attractive. Overall Good Condition in Good Jacket. (spec-14-21) .

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Fountainhead

Rand, Ayn

Bobbs-Merrill. Collectible - Very Good. Condition: Very Good; Second printing. Maroon cloth boards & gilt titles. Unclipped DJ has minor edge wear, some fading & small stains to spine, & shows author photo & 3 reviews on rear. Endpapers have faint toning to edges. A clean, tight, unmarked copy in a great looking dust jacket. Hardcover

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