“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine": Tenth Anniversary Edition of Atlas Shrugged; From the Library of Barbara Branden, Signed by Ayn Rand and by Barbara and Nathaniel Branden
Item Number: 69018
New York: Random House, 1967.
Tenth Anniversary edition; one of 2000 numbered and signed copies. Octavo, original blue cloth. From the library of Barbara Branden. Signed by Ayn Rand and additionally signed by Barbara and Nathaniel Branden. While living in New York during the early 1950s, Barbara and her future husband, Nathaniel Branden, befriended Rand and her husband Frank O’Connor. Not only would the couple go on to become major proponents of Objectivism, establishing the Nathaniel Branden Institute in 1958, with Barbara serving as Rand’s assistant, but their personal lives would be dramatically intertwined with Rands. Begrudgingly sanctioned by both Barbara and Frank, Nathaniel began an affair with Ayn in 1954. The secret couple had a very public break in 1968, almost certainly due to Branden’s affair with actress Scott. Included is an original photograph from the Branden estate of their wedding showing Ayn Rand as the maid of honor. Fine in the original slipcase, with the original acetate. An exceptional association copy.
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.