London: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1953.
First U.K. Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. 7 1/2" X 5". 147pp. Book presents nicely with unclipped dust jacket encased in protective archival sleeve. Wear to jacket with rubbing and toning to covers and creasing and chipping to corners and edges. Bound in red cloth over boards with spine lettered in gilt. Gentle bumps to edges and to head and tail of spine. Light toning to edges of text block. Bookseller's ticket to front paste-down. Previous owner's stamp to front free endpaper. Scattered ink marks to verso of front free endpaper and to page 10. Pages are otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Anthem has long been hailed as one of Ayn Rand's classic novels, and a clear predecessor to her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out.
Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him--a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd--to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice.
Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great "we" reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word--"I."
A True Classic that Belongs on Every Bookshelf!(Publisher). Good + / good. Item #9334