San Francisco: Arion Press, 2003. 4to (11.75 x 8.75 inches). Preface by Ron Loewinsohn. 124 pages. ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPH BY WAYNE THIEBAUD, signed. Black-and-white portrait of Brautigan by Edmund Shea [here published for the first time]. Original two-toned decorated cloth. A fine copy. Item #405119
DELUXE ISSUE, letter "V" of 26 copies reserved for complimentary distribution to participants in the project, with an original color lithograph by Wayne Thiebaud; the total edition was of 426 copies, of which 200 contained the Theibaud print. Printed on Mohawk Superfine. This is the 65th publication of the Arion Press.
About Thiebaud's lithograph, Arion says: "It is as enigmatic as the trout in Trout Fishing in America. Thiebaud made this print in 1994 in a series of color lithographs produced for the Arion Press edition of The Physiology of Taste, the culinary classic by Brillat-Savarin, translated by M. F. K. Fisher. This particular image was not used in the book but the prints were saved for a later Arion project. The fish has found its perfect purpose in this book."
A fine copy of the scarcest limited issue of this superbly designed and printed edition of Brautigan's classic.