RAND, Ayn. We the Living. New York: Macmillan, 1936. Octavo, original cloth; housed in a custom half navy morocco slipcase and chemise. $33,500.
Scarce first edition of Rand's first novel, one of only 3000 copies printed, a wonderful presentation association copy, inscribed by the author to architect Ely Jacques Kahn, for whom Rand worked as an unpaid assistant in 1937, while researching the profession for the book that was to become The Fountainhead: "To Ely Jacques Kahn—gratefully—Ayn Rand."
According to Barbara Branden in her biography The Passion of Ayn Rand (143-44), in 1937 "Ayn decided to spend a few months working in an architect's office, without pay, in order to become familiar with the day-to-day activities of the profession. Through a friend she met the famous New York architect Ely Jacques Kahn and he agreed to her plan… Ayn… Read More