New York: The Ayn Rand Letter, Inc., 1971-1976. First Edition. Hardcover. 8 ½ x 11 inches, 4 pp (occasionally 6 pp) per issue. A complete run of all 81 issues (from Vol. I No.1 to Vol. IV No. 3). The 81 issues are protected in three notebook-sized publisher's black leatherette binders (26 issues in 2 binders and 29 issues, including the final 3, in the third binder plus 'Table of Contents' for each volume). Each binder has 'The Ayn Rand Letter' embossed in gold on the front panel. Folded for mailing, the letters are in very good to excellent condition (some edgewear and very few occasional marginal notes). Item #18634
'My purpose in writing articles was to discuss the application of Objectivism to modern events - i.e., to explain today's trends by identifying their philosophcal roots and meaning, and to present the Objectivist alternative.' (AR) 'Ayn Rand was a major intellectual of the twentieth century. Born in Russia in 1905 and educated there, she immigrated to the United States after graduating from university. Upon becoming proficient in English and establishing herself as a writer of fiction, she became well-known as a passionate advocate of a philosophy she called Objectivism. This philosophy is in the Aristotelian tradition, with that tradition’s emphasis upon metaphysical naturalism, empirical reason in epistemology, and self-realization in ethics. Her political philosophy is in the classical liberal tradition, with that tradition’s emphasis upon individualism, the constitutional protection of individual rights to life, liberty, and property, and limited government. She wrote both technical and popular works of philosophy, and she presented her philosophy in both fictional and nonfictional forms. Her philosophy has influenced several generations of academics and public intellectuals, and has had widespread popular appeal.' (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy).