Ayn Rand (1957) ‘Atlas Shrugged’, US first edition, first printing, published by Random House. Together with a Folio Society illustrated edition published in 2018, illustrated by Anna and Elena Balbusso, introduced by Michael Dirda.
Condition of the 1957 first edition copy: a near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket which is one of the best we have ever seen. Slight shelf wear. Dust jacket is not price clipped, not faded, with slight rubbing to top edges as pictured. First state dust jacket with correct price of USD 6.95, and 10/57 on bottom corner as called for. A beautiful copy!
Condition of the Folio Society edition: fine with no issues. We have removed the original shrink wrap to check for possible flaws and found none.
Production details of the Folio Society editions according to the publisher:
Three volumes; bound and blocked in metallic textured paper; set in Warnock with Birch display; 1,576 pages in total; Frontispiece and 4 colour illustrations per volume; blocked slipcase; 9½˝ x 6¼˝.
“The award-winning Balbusso twins were commissioned to provide the artwork for this collector’s edition. Their first multi-volume set for The Folio Society is truly something special; the binding design flows across the spines, creating a dynamic interconnected image, while each volume boasts a series of gorgeous art deco-inspired images that combine cityscapes, industry and 1930s glamour. This landmark edition delivers an eerie vision of Rand’s world of steel, sparks and steely ambition.” “Anna and Elena Balbusso are an internationally recognised team of Italian artists. Together they have received more than 70 international awards, including the New York Society of Illustrators’ Steven Dohanos Award and the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators’ Joseph Morgan Henninger Award. For three consecutive years (2011–13) they were awarded the Gold Medal in the book category of the Society of Illustrators Awards.”
‘Atlas Shrugged’ is considered to be Rand’s magnum opus. Her fourth novel develops ‘objectivism’ to its fullest advocating capitalism, individualism and reason. Part philosophical, part romance, part science fiction. A landmark book!
Sales continue to be strong with around half a million copies sold annually.