Atlas Shrugged.

New York: Random House, [1957].

Price: $4,000.00


About the item

First edition, first printing. 1168 pp, with additional two-page author's note at rear. 1 vols. Large 8vo. Original green cloth, stamped in gilt on cover, black and gilt on spine, illustrated color dust jacket designed by George Salter, minor edge wear to head and tail of spine, unfaded blue topstain, slight splitting of endpapers at spine, light creasing of initial pages.

Item #354125

A lovely, bright first edition, first printing copy of Ayn Rand's seminal novel, in the first state, unclipped dust jacket with the correct price of $6.95 and 10/57 present on front flap.

This not only is Rand's longest work, but also the last one published in her lifetime. In her author's note at the rear of the main text, she writes, "To all the readers who discovered The Fountainhead and asked me many questions about the wider application of its ideas, I want to say that I am answering these questions in the present novel and that The Fountainhead was only an overture to Atlas Shrugged." (This quote is repeated on the back of the dust jacket.) She expresses, too, her "philosophical debt" to Aristotle, and then adds, "My other acknowledgement is on the dedication page of this novel. I knew what values of character I wanted to find in a man. I met such a man — and we have been married for 28 years. His name is Frank O'Connor."

The novel formed the basis of Rand's philosophy of Objectivism, and later became a touchstone for modern conservative thinking on economics, individual rights, and the role of government in society.