Extraordinarily rare matte-finish 10.75 x 13.75 portrait of Rand, nicely signed and inscribed against the light background in fountain pen, “To Carl Schaefer—Cordially—Ayn Rand, 8/18/48.” Handsomely double-matted and framed to an overall size of 17.5 x 20.5. In fine condition, with a few unobtrusive creases and a paperclip impression to the left edge. In 1943 Rand had published The Fountainhead, her first work to espouse the philosophy of Objectivism that would come to characterize her later work and legacy; by 1945 it had become a New York Times bestseller and a screen adaptation starring Gary Cooper was released in 1949. At the time this photo was signed, Rand was deep in research for her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, which would be published nearly a decade later, in 1957. Signed photos of Rand are practically unknown, and this beautifully signed oversized example is—by any objective evaluation—one of the finest extant. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.
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