Early presentation printing of Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead, inscribed and signed by the author, "To Laura B. Scott - Cordially - Ayn Rand", dated December 16, 1944. Published in Indianapolis and New York: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1944. Beautifully bound in full morocco leather and protected in a matching cloth slipcase.
The Fountainhead is the Ayn Rand's best-selling and unforgettable celebration of the individual spirit. From 1935-1943, Rand worked as a secretary in an architectural firm, during which time she wrote The Fountainhead, her first Objectivist novel and her first bestseller. The book follows the protagonist Howard Roark, a young architect struggling to stay true to his own vision against more conventional and mainstream ideas. As the original dust jacket explained, "This book is based on a challenging belief in the importance of selfishness, on the provocative idea that man's ego is the fountainhead of human progress."
Initially rejected by twelve publishers, and firing one over publicity plans, Rand finally found a publisher in Bobbs-Merrill. She released The Fountainhead in 1943. Just 7500 copies were initially printed. Despite harsh criticism, the book gradually found its audience and became one of the high spots of American literature. Rand later would also write the screenplay for the film version of the novel, released in 1949 and starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal.