Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1976. First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo (8vo). Very Good+ condition / Very good- condition (DJ). Item #018381
xiv, 217 pages of text. Hardcover binding in excellent condition except for numerous tiny spots of staining to the bottom of the closed page edges. The unclipped dustjacket is sunned and creased on the spine with a small stain on the spine, and a few small tears and creases, and rubbed with loss to the top of the spine; protected in archival mylar. First printing of the book issued in an edition of 3000 copies or less. Signed and inscribed on the front endpaper "March 12, 1976 To Dorothy [Sutherland], Who is busy selling every Scot in the country a copy. I've bought 20 myself - and paid for them. With love, [signed] Norman." First printing with error on page 27 "adways" for "always." There is no number line on the copyright page, and the ISBN printed on the copyright page is lacking one digit. 1st printing dustjacket: The ISBN on the dustjacket is correct. Pages 185 to 190 with a few tiny spots of staining to the top margin. The text is otherwise clean and unmarked. Includes a 4 page letter handwritten and signed by Norman Maclean, on his stationery. It is again addressed to Dorothy [Sutherland] who worked as the publicity manager of the University of Chicago Press and dated in the year of publication of the book. He writes about doing research on a "tragic forest fire of 1949" and created a work which was posthumously released in 1992 as "Young Men and Fire." He also writes that "Paramount has written 2 interesting letters...to put the title story into film." He gives his opinion about the Newsweek review of his book, and inquires about the possibility "we could whip up any interest this autumn in the book as a Christmas gift?" Signed "Norman." Letters by Maclean are infrequently offered on the market.