Item Number: 1176
New York: Random House, 1995.
First edition. Octavo. Signed by the author. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
This explosively entertaining memoir abounds in gossip, satire, historical apercus, and trenchant observations. Vidal's compelling narrative weaves back and forth in time, providing a whole view of the author's celebrated life, from his birth in 1925 to today, and features a cast of memorable characters—including the Kennedy family, Marlon Brando, Anais Nin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. “Vidal's account of his first 39 years includes his reminiscences of a host of prominent political and cultural figures” (Publishers Weekly).
Other Books by this Author
Definition: Williwaw - a sudden violent gust of cold land air common along mountainous coasts of high latitudes
New York: Dutton, 1946.
First edition of the author’s first book. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by the author on the half title page. Very good plus in a very good dust jacket.
"Nothing that ever was changes. Yet nothing that is can ever be the same as what went before": First Edition of The City and the Pillar; Signed by Gore Vidal
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948.
First edition of this landmark novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a bright near fine dust jacket with two small chips to the crown but does not show the fading endemic to the spine panel. A very sharp example.
Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1956.
First edition of the author’s play that was later made into the 1960 motion picture starring Jerry Lewis as Kreton. Octavo. Fine in a lightly used very good plus dust jacket. Signed by the author. Laid in is a ticket stub at a play that Vidal appeared at.
"Ideally, of course, a relationship is best, but then how many people are capable of deep feeling? Practically none": First Edition of The City and the Pilar; Signed by Gore Vidal
New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948.
First edition of this landmark novel. Octavo, original black cloth. Signed by Gore Vidal on the title page. Fine in a bright dust jacket with a few small chips but does not show the fading to the spine panel.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1967.
First editionnal of the final volume in Vidal’s Narratives of Empire, his acclaimed six-volume series of historical novels about the American past. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gore Vidal. Small name to the front free endpaper, fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear. Jacket design by Sheridan Germann.
“That my plans have lately gone somewhat awry is the sort of risk one must take if life is to be superb": First Edition of Gore Vidal's Myra Breckenridge; Inscribed to his Publicist Jay Allen
Boston: Little, Brown, & Company, 1968.
First edition. Octavo, black cloth. Inscribed by the author on the half title page to his publicist Jay Allen, “Jay- many thanks Gore.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a single closed tear. A nice association.
New York: Random House, 1984.
First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Gore Vidal on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
"And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!": First Edition of Where the Wild Things Are; Signed by Maurice Sendak with a Drawing Of Mickey Mouse
New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1963.
First edition of one of the scarcest and most desirable books in modern children’s literature. Oblong quarto, original cloth backed pictorial paper boards. Signed by Maurice Sendak on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine early dust jacket with the $3.50 price and the “40-80 1163” code. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box.
"IF YOU ONLY READ THE BOOKS THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS READING, YOU CAN ONLY THINK WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS THINKING": First Editions of Norwegian Wood; Both Volumes Signed by Haruki Murakami
London: Harvill, 2000.
First editions of the author’s most well-known work. Small octavo, original wrappers as issued. Both volumes are signed by Haruki Murakami on the title page. Both volumes are in fine condition and are in the original gold box. Translated by Jay Rubin.
"I think we shall have fulfilled our mission well if when our time comes to give up active work in the world we can say we never saw a wrong without trying to right it": First Edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's Rare First Book It's Up To The Women
New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1933.
First edition of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book. Octavo, original cloth, tissue guard present opposite the frontispiece portrait of Roosevelt. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small chips to the spine. A very nice example.
"This life is slow suicide, unless you read": First Edition of The Caine Mutiny; Signed by Herman Wouk
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1951.
First edition of Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Octavo, original blue cloth, cartographic endpapers. Boldly signed by Herman Wouk on the title page. Very good in a very good second issue dust jacket with “City Boy” on the rare panel. Jacket painting by John Hull.