A River Runs through It

Price: 15,000.00 USD

West Hatfield, Massachusetts: Pennyroyal Press, 1989. Moser, Barry. One of 6 copies. Title page printed in red and black. With 13 original wood engravings by Barry Moser. Harold MacGrath was the Pressman. Type is monotype Van Dijck, paper Mohawk Letterpress. [4], 161, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. One of 6 Special Copies. One of 6 copies only of the special Deluxe edition (the ordinary Pennyroyal edition was limited to 200 numbered copies in half binding), signed on the colophon by the author, Norman Maclean, and by illustrator Barry Moser. This deluxe edition has an additional suite of the 13 original wood block engravings, each signed and numbered by Moser, with a signed and numbered additional print of the woodblock initial "I" that starts the book: "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing."  A River Runs Through It represents a sacred text for those who fly fish that falls only slightly behind the Bible itself.  Maclean's pages are filled with quotable lines that are endlessly repeated: "If our father had had his say, nobody who did not know how to catch a fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him." The deluxe edition also has an original dry-fly hand tied by George Croonenberghs, the local fly fishing expert who grew up with the Maclean brothers in Missoula, Montana, and who taught Norman Maclean how to tie flies.  Croonenberghs and his flies are mentioned several times (pages 93-96).  The original dry-fly is Croonenberghs' Badger Hair Yellow Quill. A perfect copy, as new. See: Fireside Angler, A River Runs through It, a Bibliography One of 6 copies. Full golden-tan leather, gilt lettered spine, marbled endpapers, enclosed in matching golden-tan leather folding box with linen over boards, by Barbara Blumenthal.

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