Heindel, Robert. [Original cover illustration art for SIGNET publication of Ayn Rand's For the New Intellectual. New York: Signet, [early 1960's].] 500 by 380mm (19¾ by 15 inches). Illustration board. Image is approx. 240 by 200mm (9½ by 8 inches). This is the original acrylic painted cover illustration art (not a print or reproduction) by Robert Heindel for Ayn Rand's novel For the New Intellectual, used by publisher SIGNET for its widely popular paperback series. Offered together with a matching SIGNET paperback copy.
We personally met the illustrator’s son who wrote in red pen on the back: “This original is by my father Robert Heindel. Troy A. Heindel. The Robert Heindel Museum of Art”. Robert Heindel (1938–2005) was an important American illustrator posthumously inducted in 2011 into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.
Condition is excellent overall, with light wear to extremities of the board.
This evocative book cover artwork illustration depicts Ayn Rand peering at us from behind a stack of five books.
For the New Intellectual was Rand’s first long non-fiction book. Rand concludes the title essay by saying that she hopes a type of “new intellectual” who promotes the use of reason to persuade others will rise. The historian James T. Baker said it “represents Rand’s first step from fiction to public philosophy”.
The ultimate for a Rand enthusiast interested in her evolution from fiction to philosophy.
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