New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1968. First Edition. Harrison's second collection of poems, chiefly concerning the natural world. 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 key, early work. Orr & Torrey A4.b. Item #5274
First Printing, wrappered issue, one of 1,250 copies. Octavo (21cm); pictorial card wrappers; ,11-62,pp. With a contemporary inscription to fellow Montana author, screenwriter, and outdoorsman William "Gatz" Hjortsberg, his wife Marian, and daughter Lorca on the half-title page: "To Gatz / Marian / Lorca / for you after yr sickness & for Alp, or as Silenus says / ode XVII "quiff, quim, queerities, peter hoister" / Jim Harrison." Light wear to extremities, gentle sunning to spine, with a few faint, tiny stains on front wrapper; contents clean; Very Good+.