(Not sure what board to post this on. Mods, please move to another one if appropriate.)
I have a client that uses me for odd research questions. He wants to purchase a first edition, first printing of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. Yes, he’s aware this will set him back some serious money, and he’ll have any copy vetted by an expert before he purchases it. My role is to track down a variety of copies so he has a choice of which to buy.
I need some creative ideas on how to go about finding copies. I have already checked abebooks.com, and done a Google search. I’ll identify and contact any organization of rare book collectors I can find, as well as Ayn Rand fan clubs.
The client wants me to contact the original publisher to see if they can provide help. Unfortunately, that was Bobbs-Merrill, acquired by Sams which was then acquired by Macmillan, which is now listed as defunct. The current publisher for hardcover editions is NAL – I guess I’ll try them, but I’m pretty sure they won’t be any help.
Any other ideas?