New York: Simon & Schuster, 1973. First Edition. Sharp copy of Harrison's second novel. 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 A9.b. Item #5276
First Printing. Octavo (21cm); orange paper and brown cloth-covered boards, with titles stamped in yellow on spine; dustjacket; ,13-176,pp. While not explicitely designated, this copy was inscribed for fellow Montana author, screenwriter, and outdoorsman William "Gatz" Hjortsberg on the half-title page, comprised a full-page nude self-portrait of Harrison, shouting "Victoire! ou despair." Forward lean, with light wear along upper board edges; about Near Fine. Dustajcket is unclipped (priced $5.95), with some trivial external wear; Near Fine.