First Edition of Atlas Shrugged; Inscribed to Composer And Close Personal Friend Deems Taylor

  • Atlas Shrugged.
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Atlas Shrugged.

Item Number: 3580

New York: Random House, 1957.

First edition of one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Deems Taylor- with profound admiration- Ayn Rand 6/18/58.” The recipient, Deems Taylor was an American composer and music critic and a close personal friend of Ayn Rand. The author Nat Benchley, referred to him as “the dean of American music.” He was also a member of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers, actors and critics that met almost daily from at Manhattan’s Algonquin Hotel. Other friendships included composers George Gershwin and Jerome Kern and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Some rubbing to the bottom cloth, an excellent example in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by George Salter. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.

The theme of Atlas Shrugged, as Rand described it, is "the role of man's mind in existence." The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently develop into the philosophy of Objectivism. By 1984 more than five million copies of Atlas Shrugged had been sold, and in a 1991 Library of Congress survey Americans named it second only to the Bible as the book that had most influenced their lives.