“Life had been, if only because she had known it could be, and she felt it now as a hymn without sound, deep under the little hole that dripped red drops into the snow, deeper than that from which the red drops came. A moment or an eternity- did it matter? Life, undefeated, existed and could exist.”
FIRST EDITION OF RAND’S FIRST NOVEL, IN THE EXTREMELY RARE ORIGINAL DUST JACKET.
“Written in response to a promise Rand made to a friend at a farewell party before she emigrated from Russia, her first novel is a searing indictment of life under the Communist regime, in which collectivism destroys individualism, a dominant theme in Rand’s subsequent work”... (The Chronology of American Literature).
We the Living was written during America’s “Red Decade” and Rand said “it was the nearest to an autobiography that she would ever write” (Robert Mayhew, ed., Essays on Ayn Rand’s “We The Living”).
One of only 3000 copies printed, We The Living is the rarest of all Rand’s first editions to find in the dust jacket.
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1936. Octavo, original cloth, original dust jacket. Book with slight lean; cloth with a little soiling near edge of top board, otherwise exceptionally clean and fresh; dust jacket with front flap corners clipped as usual, but with $2.50 price showing, some wear and small chips to extremities and folds, soiling around rear flap edges. An outstanding copy, with bright dust jacket free of fading or restoration.
Price: $11,500 .