Title: POINT TO POINT NAVIGATION: A MEMOIR 1964 TO ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Doubleday, 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 277 pages. Published in 2006. The author's second memoir. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Most copies available online are signed on a tipped-in page, which some people are trying to pass of as either the "front free endpaper" or the "page preceding the title page". Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Gore Vidal's "Point To Point Navigation". The second volume in his memoir trilogy, which he began with "Palimpsest" (1995), one of the greatest books of the 20th century, and concluded with "Snapshots In History's Glare" (2009). If the melancholy central theme of "Palimpsest" is the death in Iwo Jima of the very young Jimmie Trimble, Vidal's one and only true love, the equally melancholy theme of "Point To Point Navigation" is the illness and death of Howard Austen, his companion for 53 years. According to Vidal, it lasted a lifetime because it was a Platonic friendship, not a romance, and they did not have sex. For Vidal, Austen's death is inescapably premonitory of his own mortality. Vidal expected to die soon thereafter and made meticulous arrangements for his estate, down to his burial ground (although he did not name the heirs, if any, to his enormous personal wealth and valuable papers). A committed atheist and hedonist who believed in one's innate right to pursue happiness, Vidal did not die, lived for six more years, published "Snapshots In History's Glare", and even outlived his one-time protege, Christopher Hitchens. Gore Vidal died on July 31, 2012 at the age of 86, the last of the great American public intellectual/writers of our time. We live in the Age of Mediocrity, where (nearly) everyone is a critic/blogger/pundit mouthing timid, politically correct opinions. Pundits are retail thinkers, that is, they are not real thinkers. Someday, we will realize what we have irretrievably lost. An absolute "must-have" title for Gore Vidal collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Gore Vidal. It is signed directly on the page itself (underneath his printed name close to the top of the page), not on a tipped-in page, as most copies available online are. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Many of these tipped-in copies are being passed off as the "front free endpaper" or the "page preceding the title page" by dealers. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with vintage photographs. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER GORE VIDAL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0385517211. Bookseller Inventory # 17490
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