THE BIG SKY. New York: William Sloane Associates Publishers, . Octavo, brown cloth stamped in silver, top edge stained brown. First edition. One of 500 numbered copies signed by Guthrie "prepared for advance distribution to American booksellers and critics." Guthrie's first western novel, and the first a sequence of six historical novels about the Oregon Trail and the development of Montana from 1830, the time of the mountain men, into the twentieth century. Basis for the 1952 Howard Hawks film. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with light tanning to spine panel and along flap fold. Accompanied by a first state trade dust wrapper (with illustration Alan Haemer) with a touch of wear along top edge. A lovely copy. (#164555).
First printing so stated on copyright page.