“The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just as a small fire makes a small amount of heat": First Edition of Napoleon Hill's Think and Grow Rich; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket

  • Think and Grow Rich.

Think and Grow Rich.

Item Number: 32007

Meriden, Conn: Ralston Society, 1937.

First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with some wear to the extremities and a piece lacking from the rear panel. Exceptionally rare in the first printing.

Think and Grow Rich was written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill, promoted as a personal development and self-improvement book. Hill writes that he was inspired by a suggestion from business magnate and (later) philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. While the book's title and much of the text concerns increased income, the author insists that the philosophy taught in the book can help people succeed in any line of work, to do and be anything they can imagine. First published during the Great Depression, at the time of Hill's death in 1970, Think and Grow Rich had sold more than 20 million copies, and by 2015 over 100 million copies had been sold worldwide. It remains the biggest seller of Napoleon Hill's books. BusinessWeek magazine's Best-Seller List ranked it the sixth best-selling paperback business book 70 years after it was published.