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Who Is John Galt?

Who Is John Galt? They Know at Random House. [Custom Cigarette Box for Atlas Shrugged Pre-Publication Party].

[New York]: Random House, [1957].

Price: $750.00

About the item

2 vols. 3-1/2 x 4 x 1/2 inches. Who Is John Galt? White cardboard box stamped in gilt. Containing two cigarettes stamped with gilt dollar sign. Box cracked, two side flaps perished.

Item #367487

Just before publication of Atlas Shrugged, members of Ayn Rand’s collective held a surprise party for the author, who famously declared her displeasure: “I do not approve of surprises!” The author was mollified when she was presented with a specially designed package of cigarettes, replicas of those she wrote about in Galt’s Gulch, the utopia at the center of the novel. This pack is damaged but contains two of the cigarettes (likely a bit stale by now).