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1 VIDAL, Gore At Home : Essays 1982-1988. First Edition in dustjacket
Random House, New York, 1988, 
VIDAL, Gore. At Home : Essays 1982-1988. New York : Random House, (1988). First Printing. 'Here is Vidal the essayist at the height of his powers- -iconoclastic, witty, sarcastic, engaging, as he tilts at shibboleths of radicals and conservatives alike. Included in this gathering of 24 essays from the past 6 years are controversial pieces that have created a ruckus, such as his plea that the U.S. should make common cause with the Soviet Union against the Sino-Japanese axis, and his critique of the American pro- Israel lobby. Vidal portrays Ronald Reagan as a very sincere sort of liar, and is equally withering on Nixon and Oliver North. In literary essays, he strikes gold in discussing Henry James as book reviewer, William Dean Howells' avant-garde realism, Anthony Burgess's embrace of God and sex, Paul Bowles's underrated short stories and expatriate Quaker writer Logan Pearsall Smith, among others. In more personal pieces, he reminisces on the early history ofaviation and gets culture shock in Mongolia. Reading Vidal is always an in vigorating experience.'- Publishers Weekly, 1988. Vg-fine in price-clipped dustjacket. 20.00

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2 VIDAL, Gore City and the Pillar. First Edition in dustjacket
E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., New York, 1948, 
VIDAL, Gore. The City and the Pillar. New York : E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1948. First Edition. Pp (12),11-314,(4). 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine, blindstamped Dutton logo to bottom corner of front board. "With this third novel, Gore Vidal omes into his own as an author of first-rateimportance, a mature writer of major scope, His qualities as a stylist, th e unique, subtle directness of his narrative prose, have already won him animportant following among younger writers, and a brilliant critical record . Into The City and the Pillar he brings new qualities; the dispassionate conviction, the breadth, the crusading spirit that make this study of male homosexuality something that is indeed both a vital social tract and a masterful story of personal tragedy. The development of his characters, his subtle analysis of them through their words and actions, take the place of doctrine in all of Gore Vidal's work. He guides tnem with a sureness of detail and an understanding of the most complex relationships. But the importance of this novel is more in its sustained dramatic qualities and the effectivebackground panorama, vvitn his restrained style and his combination of per sonal detachment with supernormal penetration, his writing shows the steadyprogress of a young American talent. The City and the Pillar is a notable book of high literary quality - a part, really, of the great study of the needs and limits of human affections that concerns many of today's serious writers." (from the dj). Small white spot to back cover, else very good in lightly edgeworn, lightly rubbed, price-clipped dustjacket (with a surface tear to front panel). 250.00

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3 VIDAL, Gore Empire. US in dj.
1987, 
VIDAL, Gore. Empire. N.Y. : (1987). Fine in fine dj. 20.00

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4 VIDAL, Gore Evening with Richard Nixon. First Edition in dustjacket
New York, 1972, 
VIDAL, Gore. An Evening with Richard Nixon. New York : Random House, (1972). First Printing. Pp (10),ix-x,(2),3-157,(7). 8vo, red cloth spine with gilt lettering, mustard paper covered boards. The title page adds the following as co-authors : "and Richard Nixon, Gloria Steinem, George Washington, John F. Kennedy, Thelma (Pat) Nixon, Nikita Krhushchev, Dwight D Eisenhower, Spiro T. Agnew , Hannah Milhous Nixon, Lyndon B. Johnson, Lt. William Calley Jr., Hubert H Humphrey, Martha Mitchell, Jerry Voorhis, Helen Gahagan Douglas, Harry S Truman, Adlai E. Stevenson, Murray Chotiner, Patricia (Tricia) Nixon, Howard K. Smith, etc." "Over the years I have spoken about politics to quite a few audiences, and I'm continually struck by their collective ignorance - or perhaps lack of memory is a more tactful way of putting it. They don't know who did what last week, much less ten years ago, and they don't want to be told." (from the dj). Very good in unclipped, spne-sunned dustjacket. 25.00

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5 VIDAL, Gore Hollywood. : A Novel of America in the 1920s. First Edition in dustjacket
Random House, New York, 1990, ISBN:0394576594 
VIDAL, Gore. Hollywood : A Novel of America in the 1920s. New York : RandomHouse, (1990). First US Edition. Pp (10),[3]-437,(3). 8vo, purple cloth, c opper titles to front and spine. "This is history as brilliantly imagined and re-created by Gore Vidal. Through Caroline Sanford, her half-brother Blaise, William Randolph Hearst, President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, Warren G, Harding, and the Duchess, as well as an array of other real and historical characters." (from trhe dj). Lightly sunned top edges, else very good in price-clipped dustjacket (some sunning to the rear panel). 15.00

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6 VIDAL, Gore LINCOLN, Abraham Lincoln.: A Novel.. First Edition in dustjacket
Random House, New York, 1984, ISBN:0394528956 
VIDAL, Gore. Lincoln : A Novel. New York : Random House, (1984). First Trade Edition. Pp (10),[3]-657,(7). 8vo, brown cloth, gilt titles and red mettalic lines to front board and spine. "At dawn on a cold winter morning in 1861 Abraham Lincoln, President-elect of a disintegrating United States, alights from his train in Washingon, D.C., flanked by two bodyguards in plain clothes,. The future President is himself in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him before his inauguration a few weeks hence. During the next four years there will be numerous plots to murder this man who has sworn to unite the nation that has split apart over slavery. From within his circle there will also be a profusion of schemes to succeed him as President. Meanwhile, Lee's armies are beating at the gates of the beleagured capital as Lincoln seeks a Union general equal to the dreadful conflict.Isolated in the ramshackle White House in the center of a pro-slavery city, Lincoln presides over a government that is itself fragmented. Even Lincoln's fellowRepublicans treat him with contempt, call him "Honest Ape," accuse him of weakness and vacillation, then of high-handedness and dictatorship. In thisprofoundly moving historical novel, a work of epic proportion and intense human sympathy - the triumphant cornerstone of Gore Vidal's American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876, and Washington, D.C. - Lincoln is observed by his loved ones, his rivals, his future assassins. The result is a portrait of America's great President that is at once intimate and monumental, stark and complex, and that will become for this and future generations the living Lincoln of the war years.Vidal's Lincoln emerges as he is seen by hiswife, Mary, who adores him even as she is going mad; by the Machivellian S ecretary of State, Seward, who begins by scorning Lincoln and ends by worshipping him; by Lincoln's rival, Salmon P. Chase, and his beautiful daughter, Kate; by David Herold, the druggist's clerk at the center of the plot that will eventually take Lincoln's life; and by the twenty-three-year-old presidential secretary, John Hay, who comes to know Lincoln intimately during his four years in the White House and who realizes, as will the reader, that had there been no Lincoln, there would be no nation.Lincoln is a brilliantly realized, vividly imagined work of fiction in which most of the events and much of the dialogue are actual. The reader becomes, from the first pages, part of the tragic but also intimate action within the White House and the capital city intself. He sees the wartime leader as a living presence in the corridors of the White House - at night, "in a shirt bunched up in back like an ostrich," in despair over the vagaries of his generals and the approaching madness of his beloved wife, wracked by the death of his son, Willie, and in the somber moment of his triumph. Vidal's great achievement inthis novel is to render the tragic President in all his grandeur and yet i ntimately, so that the reader comes to know the legendary Lincoln as a fellow human being. Lincoln is the brilliant climax not only of Vidal's ongoingchronicle of the American past but also of his own extraordinary literary career." (from the dj). Small inked notation to flyleaf, else very good in edge-sunned dustjacket. 25.00

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7 VIDAL, Gore Messiah. First Edition in dustjacket
E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1954, 
VIDAL, Gore. Messiah. New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1954. First US Edition. Pp (10),11- 254,(2). 8vo, yellow cloth spine, black paper-covered boards, gilt lettering to front board and spine. "Messiah by Gore Vidal will arouse anger and resentment in many people; it will shock them as The Way of All Flesh shocked them when it was first published; it will arouse argument and controversy such as raged around Huxley's Brave New World and Orwell's 1984; it will grip people while they read it and it will make them think.Brain washing has become a recognized weapon; will soul washing come next?Will all the isms besetting humanity drive it into the arms of a new Messi ah? Can television, advertising copy & high pressure publicity by exploiting man's inward religious urge lead him to anything, enven death in preference to life? Can this happen here? Can this happen now?" (gfrom the dj). Previous owner's name inked to ffep, else very good in worn, chipped dj. 20.00

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8 VIDAL, Gore Myron : A Novel. First Edition in dustjacket
Random House, New York, 1974, ISBN:0394494776 
VIDAL, Gore. Myron : A Novel. New York : Random House, (1974). First Edition. Pp (8),ix-x,(2),3-244,(2). 8vo, navy cloth, gilt initials to front, giltand silver letteribg to spine, top edge dyed purple. "Who pushed Myron Bre ckinridge through his television screen and onto the set of 'Siren of Babylon'? Who is the mysterious Mr. Williams? And who is the mad cook Whittaker Kaiser, or Maude the mischievous hair bender? Who wants to stop history in its tracks so as to preserve permanently the world of Louis B. Mayer and Andy Hardy? And who wants to alter the male sex so as to Who pushed Myron Breckinridge through his television screen and onto the set of 'Siren of Babylon'? Who is the mysterious Mr. Williams? And who is the mad cook Whittaker Kaiser, or Maude the mischievous hair bender? Who wants to stop history in its tracks so as to preserve permanently the world of Louis B. Mayer and Andy Hardy? And who wants to alter the male sex so as to save the world from overpopulation? Who and what is Myron? The answers are in Gore Vidal's spectacular new novel, which celebrates the return of Myra Breckinridge - more passionate, more creative, more outrageous than ever." (from the dj). Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 20.00

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9 BENY, Roloff. VIDAL, Gore (epilogue) THWAITE, Anthony BENY, Roloff Roloff Beny in Italy : With an epilogue by Gore Vidal. Text and anthology by Andrew Thwaite and Peter Porter. Historical notes on the plates by Brian de Breffny. .First American Edition in dustjacket
Harper & Row, Publishers, New York , 1974, ISBN:0060103094 
BENY, Roloff (design and photography). Roloff Beny in Italy. With an epilogue by Gore Vidal. Text and anthology by Andrew Thwaite and Peter Porter. Historical notes on the plates by Brian de Breffny. New York : Harper & Row, Publishers, (1974). First American Edition. Pp. 427. Lavishly illustrated with 174 colour plates, 122 duotone plates and 19 line drawings and maps. 4to, orange cloth, gilt rectangle to front with orange lettering, gilt lettering to spine. A breathtaking journey around Italy, as seen through the lensof this well known Canadian photographer. ""Encountering Italy is an exper ience as intense, varied and rewarding as the traveler's passion and patience can endure. From Sicily to the Alps, Roloff Beny portrays the land, people, ruins, art, masterpieces, and classic buildings. It is a brilliant tapestry of life, history and culture - a museum without walls. T o enhance thevisual experience, two poets have written a provocative and illuminating t ext and selected an anthology from writers of 2000 years - from Virgil to E.M. Forster. In his epilogue Gore Vidal, addressing an android from outer space, says; 'Study these pictures and see what we were, what we built, and through those multi/faceted lenses of yours note for the universal record what a lovely earth we had.' ". Very good in price-clipped dustjacket (slight wear to spine ends). 65.00

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10 VIDAL, Gore Two Sisters : A Memoir in the Form of a Novel. First Edition in dustjacket
Little Brown & Co., , Boston, 1970, 
VIDAL, Gore. Two Sisters : A Memoir in the Form of a Novel. Boston : LittleBrown & Co., (1970). First Edition. Pp (12),3-256,(6). 8vo, brown cloth, s ilver lettering and maroon illustration to spine. The dustjacket says : A Novel in the Form of a Memoir. "Gore Vidal's singular speculations on love, sex, death, literature, politics -- as penetrating and controversial as ever, in a book which will stand as a landmark in the author's versatile and distinguished career." (from the dj). Very good in edgeworn, price-clipped dustjacket. 30.00

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11 ISHERWOOD, Christopher BACHARDY, Don, (ed.) WHITE, James P., (ed.) VIDAL, Gore, intro. Where Joy Resides: A Christopher Isherwood Reader. First American Edition in dustjacket
1989, 
ISHERWOOD, Christopher. Where Joy Resides : A Christopher Isherwood Reader edited by Don Bachardy and James P. White with an introduction by Gore Vidal. N.Y.: (1989). Gift inscription, else vg-fine in price-clipped dj. 16.00

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