Indianapolis and New York: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943 First edition, first printing. Publisher's red cloth, lettered in gilt to the front board and spine; in the first issue dust jacket, with sixteen titles to the back panel, lettered in red, white and silver. Near fine, with light wear and rubbing to the extremities, a hint of faint spotting to the rear endpapers, former owner's pencil inscription to the front free endpaper; unclipped dust jacket, with some creasing to the front panel and spine, some toning to the spine, light soiling to the panels, small chips to the spine ends, light rubbing to the folds. Overall, a bright and pleasing copy in the rare original dust jacket, scarce in any condition. Housed in a custom brown folding box with brown morocco spine. The Fountainhead is Ayn Rand's first commercially successful novel and is centered on her philosophy of Objectivism, which maintains that individualism exists outside of consciousness and that the each person's moral life purpose should be one's own personal happiness. She continued to develop this philosophy in later novels, including Atlas Shrugged. The Fountainhead tells of protagonist Howard Roark, an architect determined to stay true to his personal ideas and ideals, even if it means rejection by mainstream society. As the dust jacket explains, "This book is based on a challenging belief in the importance of selfishness, on the provocative idea that man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress." Appropriately, this novel about individual struggle in the face of conformity had its own struggle to be published; The Fountainhead was rejected by thirteen publishers before being published by Bobbs-Merrill. The novel received a lack of critical success, but managed to become a popular best-seller, largely due to its fans' word of mouth.. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included. (Inventory #: AR026)
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