New York: Random House, 1957. First Edition. INSCRIBED in the year of publication: "To William W. Brainard, Jr. / With the compliments of our mutual friend John C. Gall / Cordially / Ayn Rand / 9/17/57."
A wonderful association copy of the author's masterpiece. Brainard was a gentleman farmer from New Jersey ("a livestock farmer in a dinner jacket," according to TIME Magazine), and distinguished himself on the popular level by being a judge at the Westminster Dog Show in 1958, 1972, and 1976, and as director of the American Whippet Club. The "mutual friend" mentioned by Rand is her longtime attorney, suspected to be one of the inspirations for the protagonist of the book, John Galt, although Rand denied the connection.
Fine and unread in an about Fine dust jacket. Jacket is unrestored, with uniformly deep colors and a brilliant, unblemished and unfaded topstain--only a touch of rubbing at the crown to note and none of the usual toning to the spine. Only once before have we seen an association copy inscribed in the year of publication.
In a custom quarter leather clamshell box, with raised bands and titles in gilt.