Original Book Cover Artwork | Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand

Heindel, Robert. [Original cover illustration art for SIGNET publication of Ayn Rand's Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. 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 book Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 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 illustration board.

The book cover artwork drawing is of a factory complex billowing yellow smoke. In a different context, this image could be from environmentalists seeking to discredit Rand—yet here it is, an in your face” statement: we are capitalism; we are industrious; we are factories. 

Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal is a collection of non-fiction essays by Rand, Nathanial Branden, Alan Greenspan, and Robert Hessen. It contains Greenspan’s famous essay: Gold and Economic Freedom”. The essay in which the later Federal Reserve Chairman expounds on the virtues of gold. He concluded as follows:

This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the hidden” confiscation of wealth. Gold stands in the way of this insidious process. It stands as a protector of property rights. If one grasps this, one has no difficulty in understanding the statists’ antagonism toward the gold standard.”


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