Norman Maclean and Barry Moser. A River Runs Through It. No 113 of an edition of 200.
(West Hatfield, MA: Pennyroyal Press. 1989). Sam Fleming Southern Civilization Collection.
Vanderbilt University Special Collections
Considered the dean of wood block engraving, Barry Moser has chosen this story by writer and scholar Norman Maclean (1902-1990) to illustrate and create a beautiful product from Moser's Pennyroyal Press. The book is bound in quarter red leather on marbled paper-covered boards. The title and a vignette of a fishing fly are glued to the front cover.
The story is of two young men growing up in western Montana during the first half of the 20th century, their relationship with each other and their shared loved of fishing. Moser illustrates this volume with 12 engravings, eight of which are of fly fishing flies (lures.)
The book was printed at the Pennyroyal Press in West Hatfield, Massachusetts in the spring of 1989 with Harold P. McGrath as the pressman. The type is Monotype Van Dijck and was composed by Michael and Winifred Bixler at their foundry in Skaneateles, New York. The paper, Mohawk Letterpress, was manufactured by the Mohawk Mills in Cohoes, New York. The illustrations were printed from the original blocks, which were drawn and then engraved on end-grain boxwood by Barry Moser.