First Edition of The Philosophy of Ayn Rand; INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY AYN RAND IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION TO CLOSE FRIEND DEEMS TAYLOR

  • For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.
  • For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.

For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand.

$3,500.00

Item Number: 3628

New York: Random House, 1961.

First edition. Octavo, original black cloth. Inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “To Deems -Affectionately Ayn 4/7/61.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. The recipient, Deems Taylor was an American composer and music critic and a close personal friend of Ayn Rand. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association copy.

"Rand’s 1961 book For The New Intellectual outlines her philosophical system of Objectivism by means of excerpts from We The Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged She then opens the book with an essay on the cultural bankruptcy that has undermined the capitalistic system of the United States. The essay is directed at ‘the New Intellectuals’ needed to restore and defend a capitalist economy in the face of that cultural bankruptcy. Rand is very clear that neither pragmatic nor economic argument is what must be used. Instead, it is arguments for ‘a new morality of rational self-interest’ that will provide the foundation for a new capitalist culture" (Bostaph, Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 11:1,20).

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