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Vidal, Gore. POINT TO POINT NAVIGATION: A MEMOIR 1964 TO 2006. New York City, NY: Doubleday, 2006. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 277 pages. Fine/Fine.

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 signed 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". The First Edition is now scarce. Presents the second volume in Gore Vidal's 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. 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. Beware: Some of these tipped-in copies are being passed off as the "front free endpaper" or the "page preceding the title page". This title is now highly collectible. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. 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. $150.00

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