New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1965. First Edition. Harrison's first book, published simultaneously in cloth and in wrappers. Hjortsberg (1941-2017) and Harrison enjoyed a close, decades-long friendship, having first met in Northern California, and migrated to Montana in the late 1960's. Drawn by the prospect of adventure, solitude, and good fishing, they, along with Tom McGuane, were central figures in the Montana Gang - a coterie of authors, artists, and musicians whose ranks included Russell Chatham, Richard Brautigan, Don Carpenter, Bob Dattila, Peter Fonda, Jimmy Buffett, Jim Crumley, Erik Weber, and others. They transitioned from being friends to family when Hjortsberg's son, Max, married Harrison's daughter Anna. A superb association copy of this important debut. Orr & Torrey A1.c. Item #5273
First Printing, wrappered issue, one of 1,500 copies. Octavo (21cm); pictorial card wrappers; ,7-69,pp. Inscribed to fellow Montana author, screenwriter, and outdoorsman William "Gatz" Hjortsberg on the half-title page: "O Gatz / We are still alive." Signed "Yrs. Jim" and dated 7/87, near one of Harrison's one-eyed self-portraits. Light wear to extremities, a few tiny stains to upper half-title page; Very Good+.