San Francisco: Arion Press, 1996. Limited edition. Hardcover. Dark blue cloth, pictorial cloth-trimmed jacket; 132 pp., illustrated with 3 photographs of the author. Publication prospectus laid in. Fine in fine jacket / like new. Item #22813
A fiftieth-anniversary edition of Gore Vidal's first book, written when the author was a 19-year-old first mate on an Army supply ship. The photographic illustrations depict Vidal in uniform in 1946 (frontispiece); the second shows Vidal a year earlier as a Warrant Officer at the helm of FS 35; the third picture is from 1944 showing Vidal as a serviceman in Anchorage, Alaska. Printed letterpress on German mouldmade paper. Edition of 250 numbered and 26 lettered copies, signed by the author, this #201.