A River Runs Through It and Other Stories - Norman Maclean 1976 - The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London - First Edition ‘In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing’

A freshly landed first edition of Maclean’s beautiful first book and the first work of fiction to be published by the University of Chicago Press, where he had been a professor for many years. Maclean had told versions of these stories, over the years, to a number of people who encouraged him, finally, to write them down at the age of eighty.

We lived at the junction of great trout rivers in western Montana, and our father was a Presbyterian minister and a fly fisherman who tied his own flies and taught others. He told us about Christ's disciples being fishermen, and we were left to assume, as my brother and I did, that all first-class fishermen on the Sea of Galilee were fly fishermen.
  A glowing review in an angling journal and the subsequent word-of-mouth led to an increasing demand for the book and the rest, as they say, is history: it was reprinted numerous times, in various formats -- an illustrated ‘gift edition’, a trade paperback and a fine press signed limited edition -- before being transformed into an award-winning film.

‘Altogether beautiful in the power of its feeling... There are passages here of physical rapture in the presence of unsullied primitive America that are as beautiful as anything in Thoreau or Hemingway’ –
Chicago Tribune

‘It is an enchanted tale... I have read the story three times now, and each time it seems fuller’ –
New York Review of Books

‘Acerbic, laconic, deadpan - rings out of a rich American tradition that includes Mark Twain, Kin Hubbard, Richard Bissell, Jean Shepherd, and Nelson Algren. I love its sound’ –
New York Times Book Review

Reportedly, only 1,155 copies of the first printing were printed, but it now appears that there may have been up to 5,000.

Octavo (book size 22.5 x 14.7 cm) pp. xiv 217 [1]. In publisher’s light blue cloth, spine lettered in silver, beige endpapers. Dust jacket priced at ‘$7.95’ to upper corner of front flap.

First edition points - Copyright page with incorrect ISBN Number 0-226-5005-1 (Rear dust jacket flap states 0-226-50055-1). Page 27, line 15, ‘adways’ instead of ‘always’.
  Condition: Fine, in very good dust jacket, minor wear to corners and spine ends, light soiling and rubbing to front panel, 3mm scratch to spine which has only a modicum of the usual toning encountered.   Ref: 109187   Price: HK$ 9,500