The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand 1943 | 1st Edition


  • Author: Ayn Rand
  • Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1943
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Condition: Good
  • Size: 8vo
  • Attributes: First Edition

True First edition, first printing, with “First Edition” stated on the copyright page. Original reen cloth, gilt lettering faded, heavy soiling to the bottom, affecting the bottom of the inner pages with wrinkling and soiling stains to the inner pages, mostly to rear pages. Spine sunned, front hinge cracked, previous owner’s inscription to the front free end paper, light foxing to preliminaries. Corner of the half-title page missing. Fair to Good.

One of the 20th century’s most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, the genius who is resented because he creates purely for the delight of his own work and on no other terms; Gail Wynand, the newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire whose power was bought by sacrificing his ideals to the lowest common denominator of public taste; and Dominique Francon, the devastating beauty whose desperate search for meaning has been twisted, through despair, into a quest to destroy the single object of her desire: Howard Roarke. Dramatic, poetic, and demanding, The Fountainhead remains one of the towering books on the contemporary intellectual scene.
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