Rare first edition of Merwin and Webster's Calumet "K"; the inspiration for Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy

  • Calumet “K”.

Calumet “K”.


Item Number: 92487

New York: The Macmillan Company, 1902.

First edition of Ayn Rand’s favorite novel and a primary source of inspiration for her Objectivist philosophy. Octavo, original cloth, top edge gilt. With illustrations by Harry C. Edwards. In very good condition with light rubbing. A sharp example of this influential work.

Calumet "K", which The Chicago Daily Tribune called "a vivifying romance of business," has maintained a modest level of popularity due to its status as Ayn Rand's favorite novel, and a primary source of inspiration for her philosophy of Objectivism. The story of one man's ingenuity, perseverance and struggle in the construction of a grain elevator, Ayn Rand said of the story: "it has one element that I have never found in any other novel: the portrait of an efficacious man." In a 1945 letter Rand described it as "the best I've ever read, my favorite thing in all of world literature (and that includes all the heavy classics) is a novelette called Calumet "K" by Merwin-Webster."

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