Salter, George. Hard Cover. New York: Random House, 1957. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's bright green cloth, stamped with author's initials in gilt to front board, stamped in black and gilt to spine, top edge stained dark blue; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by George Salter. About near fine with some fading to top edge, corners slightly bumped, a few faint black and white marks to front board, spotting to endpapers, some dog-eared corners throughout, else a clean interior; in a very good dust jacket with some wear and toning to extremities, light soiling to rear panel, small chips to corners and folds, one short closed tear to bottom edge of front board, a bit of rubbing to the edge of the spine where it meets the front panel, rear flap with small scattered dampstains. Overall, a lovely copy that presents well. Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's fourth and final novel, and her longest published work. Set in a fictional dystopian future, Atlas Shrugged paints a picture of what the United States would look like if its best skilled workers, in refusal of being taxed, simply stopped doing their jobs. The title comes from the mythological figure of the Titans named Atlas, who was charged by the gods to hold up the sky and is often depicted as carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Of all Rand's novels, Atlas Shrugged is the most infused with her personal philosophical system called Objectivism, which she would later outline in her 1961 For the New Intellectual.